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

Of RISPAH. (who had been the concubine of King SAUL) when DAVID hanged her children, because their father had done amiss.
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Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabbccddbbaaeecffgghh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,21,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01011001010111101010011101101 0101010101 1011111101 1011110101 1101111101 0101010101 1011010101 11011010111 1111010101 1011110111 1101010101 1101110101 1101110101 1101111111 1011010101 1101 01101 0101110101 1101010101 11011001001 0101111101 1011010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 512
  • Average number of words per stanza: 91
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; he, and, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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