Analysis of Youth's Agitations
Matthew Arnold 1822 (Laleham) – 1888 (Liverpool)
When I shall be divorced, some ten years hence,
From this poor present self which I am now;
When youth has done its tedious vain expense
Of passions that for ever ebb and flow;
Shall I not joy youth's heats are left behind,
And breathe more happy in an even clime ?--
Ah no, for then I shall begin to find
A thousand virtues in this hated time!
Then I shall wish its agitations back,
And all its thwarting currents of desire;
Then I shall praise the heat which then I lack,
And call this hurrying fever, generous fire;
And sigh that one thing only has been lent
To youth and age in common--discontent.
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|Closest metre||Iambic pentameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 4, 2|
|Letters per line (avg)||34|
|Words per line (avg)||8|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||117|
|Words per stanza (avg)||29|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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