Analysis of They say that 'time assuages,

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



They say that 'time assuages,'--
   Time never did assuage;
An actual suffering strengthens,
   As sinews do, with age.

Time is a test of trouble,
   But not a remedy.
If such it prove, it prove too
   There was no malady.


Scheme ABAB XCXC
Poetic Form Quatrain 
Metre 11111 110101 110010010 11111 1101110 110100 1111111 111100
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 223
Words 42
Sentences 4
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4
Lines Amount 8
Letters per line (avg) 20
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 80
Words per stanza (avg) 20
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 28, 2023

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