This is an analysis of the poem On Simony that begins with:

Saw'st thou ever Siquis patcht on Pauls Church door
To seek some vacant vicarage before?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcddaaXXXXXXaaeebc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11101011111 0111010001 1101011101 1111010100 1111011101 1001110011 1101111101 0101001101 1101110101 1001011100 1011111111 11110010101 0101010101 1111000100 1101011101 1101000111 1111110011 0100011111 1101011100 1011110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 868
  • Average number of words per stanza: 156
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • 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; and, thy are repeated.

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  • summary of On Simony;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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