Analysis of Age

Walter De La Mare 1873 (Charlton, London) – 1956 (Twickenham)



This ugly old crone -
Every beauty she had
When a maid, when a maid.
Her beautiful eyes,
Too youthful, too wise,
Seemed ever to come
To so lightless a home,
Cold and dull as a stone.
And her cheeks - who would guess
Cheeks cadaverous as this
Once with colours were gay
As the flower on its spray?
Who would ever believe
Aught could bring one to grieve
So much as to make
Lips bent for love's sake
So thin and so grey?
O Youth, come away!
As she asks in her lone,
This old, desolate crone.
She loves us no more;
She is too old to care
For the charms that of yore
Made her body so fair.
Past repining, past care,
She lives but to bear
One or two fleeting years
Earth's indifference: her tears
Have lost now their heat;
Her hands and her feet
Now shake but to be
Shed as leaves from a tree;
And her poor heart beats on
Like a sea - the storm gone.


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Poetic Form
Metre 11011 1001011 101101 01001 11011 11011 11101 101101 001111 1111 11101 1010111 111001 111111 11111 11111 11011 11101 111001 111001 11111 111111 101111 101011 1111 11111 111101 1010001 11111 01001 11111 111101 001111 101011
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 813
Words 172
Sentences 9
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 34
Lines Amount 34
Letters per line (avg) 19
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 646
Words per stanza (avg) 172
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Walter De La Mare

Walter John de la Mare was an English poet short story writer and novelist best remembered for his works for children and The Listeners He was born in Kent and was educated at St Pauls Cathedral School His first book Songs of Childhood was published under the name Walter Ramal His 1921 novel Memoirs of a Midget won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction more…

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