This is an analysis of the poem It Out-Herods Herod. Pray You, Avoid It. that begins with:

Tonight my children hunch
Toward their Western, and are glad ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab caca dXdb bebe fgfX ghgh cici jkjk bXXi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011101 01110111 100111 001101 101101 0101011 110101 1011101 111101 0101111 011001 11101101 110011 010001 011111 010001 1010111 110111 111101 111000 110101 1010001 110111 111101 111101 110111 111101 101111 010101 0101001 110101 111101 111101 110100 111111 110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 114
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 44
  • Average number of symbols per line: 23 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words their, and are repeated.

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  • summary of It Out-Herods Herod. Pray You, Avoid It.;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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