This is an analysis of the poem The Shepherd And The Philosopher that begins with:

Remote from cities liv'd a swain,
Unvex'd with all the cares of gain;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddee ffgg hhccccaacX cciiffddccfijXggccjjkkllbX hhlXffaajjggggccggaaaX ffaaffiX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,4,10,26,22,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 100010101 0111001001 110100111 01011101 11011101 010010111 11010101 01010101 11010101 01010011 01010101 01010101 11010101 10110111 101010111 11111101 10110101 11011101 111100101 11010101 110011101 11110101 11011101 01010001 11010101 11110101 01111111 110100001 11010101 11111101 11011101 01010111 11010101 11110111 11110101 01010001 01110100 11010101 11011101 11010001 01010111 11010101 10110101 01001101 11110001 01100101 01010101 11011111 011001010 11011111 01011101 11000101 01010100 11110111 11010101 11011111 11111101 10010101 11000101 111001001 11011101 01010011 11110111 11110101 01011101 11010011 11010011 110100010 110101010 10010111 010011101 11010101 11011101 11010101 11010111 11110101 01010101 11011101 011100110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 465
  • Average number of words per stanza: 83
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, and, my are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words hence, 'thy 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 The Shepherd And The Philosopher;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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