This is an analysis of the poem Old that begins with:

No one left to call me Penelope,
mourned the old countess, on being informed of the death...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXX bXaX acXX abXX Xc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,4,4,4,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110110100 1011011001001 0011110111 0010110101 11111101110 1111111110 1111111111 11101010 10101110011111 11111110001 111111101101 111110011100 101110011 110110110010 11011111 1101101100 0111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 151
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; and, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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  • summary of Old;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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