Analysis of Transition



A little while to walk with thee, dear child;
To lean on thee my weak and weary head;
Then evening comes: the winter sky is wild,
The leafless trees are black, the leaves long dead.

A little while to hold thee and to stand,
By harvest-fields of bending golden corn;
Then the predestined silence, and thine hand,
Lost in the night, long and weary and forlorn.

A little while to love thee, scarcely time
To love thee well enough; then time to part,
To fare through wintry fields alone and climb
The frozen hills, not knowing where thou art.

Short summer-time and then, my heart's desire,
The winter and the darkness: one by one
The roses fall, the pale roses expire
Beneath the slow decadence of the sun.


Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF XGXG
Poetic Form Quatrain 
Metre 0101111111 1111110101 1101010111 0101110111 0101111011 1101110101 101010011 10011010001 0101111101 1111011111 1111010101 0101110111 11010111010 0100010111 0101011001 0101100101
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 695
Words 130
Sentences 5
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4
Lines Amount 16
Letters per line (avg) 34
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 137
Words per stanza (avg) 32
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 16, 2023

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Ernest Christopher Dowson

Ernest Christopher Dowson was born in 1867 at Lea in Kent England he was an English poet novelist and writer of short stories associated with the Decadent movement Most of his life was spent in France more…

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