This is an analysis of the poem The Speed Of Light that begins with:

So gradual in those summers was the going
of the age it seemed that the long days setting out...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcadXeXfagXchiXiXdfahigbaeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 29,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110001101010 001011011101 101101001001 101101011011101 10001001110110 100000111001 0111110101111 101111111001101 1111100111010 1011111010101 100101111100 110001101010 0010101100010 100011010010 0001110110011 1011101010101 011010010010 111101101101 10111001000101 1010101110100 101101111011 01001001101010 1101111011111 0110101011010 1010111110110 0101110101011 10010111111010 0101111011001 11011011010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1574
  • Average number of words per stanza: 297
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, we are repeated.

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