This is an analysis of the poem A Parodist's Apology that begins with:

If I've dared laugh at you, Robert Browning,
'Tis with eyes that with you have often wept:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab bcbc dede fbfb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0111111010 1011011101 111001110110 110011101 1111011110 01001011010 11111111010 1001001010 11100111010 111100101 11001111110 1010110101 111001001111 110101101 111101111111 11101101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 183
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, of, have are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase you connects the lines.

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  • summary of A Parodist's Apology;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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