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

Than you, O valued friend of mine,
A better patron _non est_!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cccd eaea d fgfg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,1,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11110101 01010101 11111011 1101110 11011101 1101001 101011101 1111010 10010101 1111010 11110111 1101110 10 11110101 1001010 11011111 1111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 104
  • Average number of words per stanza: 19
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (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.

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

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