Analysis of When shall my wretched life

John Wilbye 1574 (Diss) – 1638 (Colchester)



When shall my wretched life give place to death?
That my sad cares may be enforc’d to leave me.
Come, saddest shadow, stop my vital breath,
For I am thine, then let not care bereave thee
Of thy sad thrall but, with thy fatal dart,
Kill care and me, while care lies at my heart.


Scheme ABABCC
Poetic Form Sestain
Heroic Sestet
Metre 1111011111 1111111111 110111101 11111111011 1111111101 1101111111
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 282
Words 57
Sentences 4
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 6
Lines Amount 6
Letters per line (avg) 35
Words per line (avg) 9
Letters per stanza (avg) 212
Words per stanza (avg) 55
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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John Wilbye

John Wilbye (baptized 7 March 1574 – September 1638) was an English madrigal composer. more…

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