This is an analysis of the poem Bellerophon that begins with:

There lives a creature of a dreamer's brain,
That strove by charms, and with the aid of ghosts,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdXXabac aecac caefgb hiagcjceXbik calmgm hgfchnah oeclnbnXgXf ahknia oggh nXXadX ianeh cajX ah gdX hodgbXXaedbe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,5,6,12,6,8,11,6,4,6,5,4,2,3,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101000101 1111100101 0101010101 1101110100 1101011100 10111011100 1101010111 1101011101 1100010101 0101001101 1111110110 1011000100 0101010101 0101110101 1100010101 1110111001 01110100101 1001101101 1101010101 1100010101 1101010101 101010101 1001010101 1111111101 10100010101 0101010001 1101010111 11010111001 1011110111 11010100010 100100100111 0111011011 0101010001 1111000111 0111010111 1111110101 1001010001 1001111101 1101111101 1111011111 1101010101 0011110101 0100011111 1101010101 1101011101 0101010011 10110101001 11000100111 1101010101 01011001001 01110100101 1101110001 1011010001 1101110101 1101011100 1101010101 1101011100 1101001101 1101110001 1001110111 1100111101 1101010101 1101101111 1101010101 1011101101 0101011101 1101011101 01010111111 1111110111 1101010101 01000011100 0101010111 1101010001 11101010111 11011000101 010111011 1111010101 110110101 11 11010101 1100010011 1011011011 1111111101 1101011101 0111001101 1111010101 1101010001 10010111010 1101110101 1111111101 1101110011 1101000101 0111010100 1011100 1111 1001111100 0101001101 01011110101 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 262
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 99
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; of, with, her, in, i, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words was, the, i, that are 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 Bellerophon;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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