This is an analysis of the poem An Elegy that begins with:

THOUGH beauty be the mark of praise,
And yours of whom I sing be such ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abba cddc aeaa fccf ghhg ieei Xggh cXjcXjffj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11000101 11011101 11011111 11110111 01010111 01111111 11110111 00110101 01110101 10111111 01010101 01111101 11110101 01011101 11100101 11111111 01010111 010101001 01010101 11011101 11011101 01110001 110011100 01010011 11110100 01110101 11110101 01110111 11110111 11011110 11011001 01010101 10010111 01110101 111100101 11001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 139
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, to are repeated.

    The author used the same word and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of An Elegy;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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