This is an analysis of the poem The Scots Apostasie that begins with:

Is't come to this? What shall the cheeks of fame
Stretch'd with the breath of learned Loudon's name,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddccbbeefXccggffhieehheebbggfeehiaahhjjhhkkccllXdcccchXccccll
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 67,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1100110101 100101101 01001111101 1101001100 1001010101 1101010101 0101110001 01110000111 1010011001 001001000101 11010100101 01010010101 1011010010 1101001101 0101010101 1110110100 110101011 1101110111 0100010101 1111001101 011111001001 110111010 1101010011 0010100100 0101111101 01001100011 1011011111 1101011101 110100011111 10010101001 1101110111 0100110101 1111001101 11011010011 11010010110 1111000111 1101110101 0101011110 0101010100 11110011101 011101111 11101110010 0101111011 0111110101 01000100110 1101011101 0111000101 11010111001 1101010101 1101010111 1001110111 110100001001 1011010101 1101001101 11011110011 1011110101 1111110001 1111001111 1111110101 0111110100 110101100 01110100101 0101010011 1111101101 00111010001 0111010111 11001010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2861
  • Average number of words per stanza: 518
  • Amount of lines: 67
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; of, and, your, be 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 The Scots Apostasie;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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