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

I
IN an old play-house, in an old play, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcacbdefdefXgfhgfhdifdfijkhkjhXededckcXacaXXgcfXfgXXXcacXecaaeaeaelelXclccleclecdecdaXXccccXeXXmnmnmcmXoioicgcXXXXdXdomXmmmXlpqXndkdqkdkdemeXpecXpeemeemXXedfcccfommfmffdkXXdXXXodXdXlXlXfeXegqgqafafrqrqadadeffffgXjXajXbeebXcXciciXcegsesgXmcccmcqceececece
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 263,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 011110111 0111110101 11110101 01110011 11000101 1111110011 11010111010 111101100100 00100110111 110110100010 0101011011 11101 1 00111001001 0111010011 10001000101 11001010011 010101 1111 1111010 10010111 011101 1111010 1101110101 0100100 01101001100101 11110101 0101010101 1101010101 0111000101 11010001 1 100100101 01011101 11010101 101111001 10010101 01011111 11010111 11010011 10110001 010100101 110100101 1101001 1 111101 1110101 1010110001 100100010 1101 1111 01011101010 1101011000 111100 1100110 1111111 11010101010 011010011 101001100001 1101101110 111 1 1111010011 111101 1110001011 11110001 111001010 10101111 11111100101 101111 111101010 100011001 11010111 1011010101 1001110101 0011011 101010 100100001 001001001 010000111 110000111001 11 1111 011010011 0101011101 1 1001100 11100100 1101110 10101010 1011010 1010100010 100101000 10101010 111100100 100111010 10010001 010101010100 1001110101 101111010100 11001110 11111001 10110100010 1011010001 10010100 01010101 100111010 010100101 11001111 111100101 1111001111 011110100010 1 11110011 11010011000 0011100010011 11110011 101101111 10010010010 1111010101 101101010 110010111 00110001 110010011 110010100100 10100100 0010111 11101010 0110100 10110010 1110001 0101111 0010101 110110 110101100010 11111111 11110010101010 11010010010 10101010001 10001001101 10010101 01011000 1111110101 11111011 101010001010 1101110 1111110011 11101000110 111101101 00110011 110101011001 1011011101 100110001 1111011 1 0010001111 001000011 11101100001 11011010 1010110101 11101010 1111010101 11100100 01000100101 11000101 1110010101100001 01011010 1101000111 110010001 11010111000010 110101011 1011111111 0101010 100001100111 110010100011 11011001101000 110001010 1010101010100 010011101100 110011010 1001011011 11001000101 11010 11 1010 1 01100101 101101 11010101 011101 11110101 010101 10010101 110111 11010101 110101 11010111 1011101 11010111 110101 01010001 110101 11010101 010111 01010011 111101 1 11111111 010100101 11010001 01110110 11000001 11010100 11111101 01000111 1 11111111 010101101 1011110101 11010011101 1001010101 110101 11011011100 11110001 1111111100 110111 1011110101 0101110101 1111011101 10010101000 10110001 11111111 10001101 01010101 11110011 11010011 11110001 1 1111 00110 0101 11010 1111 1111 11010 111 0101 1111 01011 1100 10111 101 101 1101 111 1111 10111 1011 1011 101 11110 0100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 8686
  • Average number of words per stanza: 1542
  • Amount of lines: 263
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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; old, in, who, our, and, of, like, death, on, by, we, thou are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words in, their, our, by, death, and, we, that, the, thou are repeated.

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  • summary of The Old Play;
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