This is an analysis of the poem To Bi Siyao that begins with:

Once stately figures in the art of rhyme,
Now sadly down at heels, our careers in ruin,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaXXcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101000101 110111101010 0101110001 1111110111 1011011100 0101010101 1111010011 110110111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 343
  • Average number of words per stanza: 62
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; our is repeated.

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  • summary of To Bi Siyao;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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