This is an analysis of the poem An Elegy On Ben Jonson that begins with:

WHO first reform'd our Stage with justest Lawes,
And was the first best Judge in his owne Cause? ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaa XXX bbX cXc ddd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 1101110101 1101110011 1101010101 1001010010 0111001100 0100111111 1001000101 0101000111 1011111101 1101000101 1110110010 1001101111 1101111101 0111011111 110111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 131
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; his is repeated.

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

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