This is an analysis of the poem Prince Dorus that begins with:

In days of yore, as Ancient Stories tell,
A King in love with a great Princess fell.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccXb bbbbcc ddaX eebbffgg ccddaa bbXhbbXbeeiijj jjffccjjkkdX aajjeX eeff bbjjffkkdd jjeellffjXbbiiffmm Xeddbb ddffkkcckk ccnnooeeffee bbcceeXf ffXeccbbppffbbdd bbeebbeeddbbffhhddpp bbeebbbbaa kkeeffffff ccqqffffffjj iibbddbbXebbnne
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,4,8,6,14,12,6,4,10,18,6,10,12,8,16,20,10,10,12,24,5,2,2,2,25,24,6,8,14,4,12,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0101110101 0101001101 1101100111 1101010101 1111110101 1111000111 11010101110 0101111101 00010100101 1101100101 1111010101 1101011101 1101110001 1101110101 1101010101 1110011101 1010111101 1001111011 0010010101 1101110101 1111010101 1011010111 1111110101 11110101001 1101010101 11001110111 0101010111 11010010001 1111010101 1111110101 0111010101 1001010001 0101110111 1101110111 01001110001 1101010110 1101010111 1001010101 0101100110 1001110001 0101000101 1011010111 1101110001 1111110101 1101110001 0101111101 1111001001 0100111111 1101011101 1101001101 11000111101 1111000111 0101010101 0111101101 1001111100 1101010011 1101010101 01010011101 0111010101 1101110001 1101010111 1101011011 0100011111 0111111101 1101110001 1001010101 0101110101 1101010101 1111010101 0101010101 1101011111 1101000101 01001011111 1111011101 0101010101 0001111101 0101010101 11010010001 1101010101 1101010101 11010011111 1101110101 0101010101 11010010001 0111111001 10010100101 0111010101 1101110100 011110101 1101101101 11110110010 11011101010 1101100101 1101010101 0101010011 0101111101 1100010110 0101010001 1111110111 0001010101 1111010101 1111000101 1101000101 1011111101 0101010101 1111000101 1110010101 1100110001 10011010101 1101010111 1101011101 0101010101 1011001101 1101110101 01001010101 010111001001 0101010101 101000010101 11111001101 1101011101 10011010101 11100010101 11011101110 01111101010 1101110101 0101011101 1101010001 0011110001 1101100101 10111001101 11111111110 01000100010 1111100111 1101110101 11110110110 101100100101 1101111101 0101110111 1101010101 0101010101 1011010001 1011110111 0001111101 1111110001 0101010001 1111010001 1001010101 0101110001 1001110001 0111010101 1111000101 0111011101 1101010101 01011100101 1001110011 11001010111 1110010101 0111010001 11010011101 11110101001 0101111101 0100010101 01000101010 01000100110 1100010001 00101110101 1111010101 1111010101 0100010101 11010010101 0100010111 010111001 1011010011 1101110101 01010110101 0101111100 1001110101 0101010111 0101110001 1011010101 1101010101 11110010001 10001000101 0111010101 1011110001 1101010001 1101010101 1001010001 0100110101 1001010101 0101011111 1111010101 1001110101 1101010101 0101010101 1011110101 1111010101 0101011101 1101010001 0101011101 1110010101 100101111 01001011101 0100110111 1100010001 1011000101 1101010101 0101010101 0101110110 1001110001 1101100001 0101110101 0101110101 0111000101 0100110001 11011000001 0100011101 01010010001 1001001111 0101110111 1111010001 01011100001 110101011 1011011101 10 1011010011 1011111101 1111100111 11101101000 1 11 10 111 1 1110 10 110 0111010101 0101111001 1101100101 1111110111 1101110011 11010001110 0011110001 1101110111 1101111101 1111010101 10101110101 01111111111 11010101111 1011001101 1111111110 01010100001 0101111101 1110010101 1100111111 1111110001 1111010111 0111010101 10111111111 01110101010 11011011010 1101010001 1001010101 1111010111 1101000111 0010101111 1111010101 11011101111 1011010100 0101010001 1101101101 1111010101 1001010101 111101111 1101110101 1101010101 0111010101 11011100101 1101110001 11010010111 1101010010 1001011111 0011010101 1011011101 0101010101 0101010101 0111010001 1111110001 001010011001 1101110111 1111010101 1101011101 1001010101 01010100001 01000011101 11110010101 1101010101 00101010101 1111100101 1101011101 11110011001 0111110111 0101110101 1111010101 1001010101 0100010101 0101010101 1101011101 0111111001 111001010001 0101011101 01011100101 1101111111 1001011111 1111110111 0101011101 1001010101 0101010001 1001000101 1101010101 1111001110 011001101 01110011111 01010101010 11010110010 1101010101 0101010101 01
  • Amount of stanzas: 33
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 425
  • Average number of words per stanza: 78
  • Amount of lines: 361
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; her, that, his, of, in, with, and, to, we, you, i, their are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words till, a, the, her, this are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines them is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of Prince Dorus;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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