This is an analysis of the poem Chorus From Oedipus At Colonos that begins with:

What is unwisdom but the lusting after
Longevity: to be old and full of days!...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaabcdbace ffgeXhhXga deaXXch
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10100101010 01000011101 10111010100 110111001110 1111010111 11110111101 10111010111 1000010011 1011011101 111100010001 1001011101 1101010101 00111010100 11111010101 110011110111 1110010101 01010100111 1011110011 01011110010 0101000100 1000111101 1110110101 11001100110 0101110101 0101010001 011001001011 1001111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 396
  • Average number of words per stanza: 72
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; from is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word from is repeated.

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  • summary of Chorus From Oedipus At Colonos;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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