This is an analysis of the poem Ode Xi: On Love, To A Friend that begins with:

I.
No, foolish youth—To virtuous fame... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbXddd Xefefggg Xegegggg Xdchcfff aieiefff ababaeee Xdhdhbbb Xjfjfccc Xacacggg Xkfkfeee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 110101001 01110101 01100101 01111001 11011001 01010101 1101000111 1 11110111 01010101 10100101 010010101 11100101 11100111 1101010101 1 11110101 110100101 01010101 01010101 010100001 110111001 111101101 1 01010101 11011101 110111010 11010101 11010101 01010101 0101000101 1 011101001 110101001 01011101 11111001 01110101 11011101 1101001101 1 110001001 11111101 11010101 11110101 11111111 10111111 1111011101 1 11010101 110101010 11010101 110100110 010101001 11010101 10010010011 1 11010101 11001001 11010101 11010101 11101101 1100101001 110110101 1 11010101 01111001 11010001 11001011 11011101 11001101 1111011101 1 111111101 11110101 011101001 110100101 11110101 011100101 1001010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 259
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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, by, thy, my, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words if, nor, so, and are repeated.

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  • summary of Ode Xi: On Love, To A Friend;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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