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

I'll tell you the story of Balbus,
You know, him as builded a wall;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaba XcXc adXd bbeb XXbf gbbX XhXh iici Xfbf cjcj giXi Xjbj cfXf Xaga XcXX XbgXXgfef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111010010 11111001 111010110 101101011 0110110010 001101001 111010100 111111001 101101110 11011101 1011011011 110101101 1110010010 11101111 001110010 101101101 110110010 01001001 1111010010 11011011 1111110110 10100101 110010010 1110111010 011011010 11111001 1010110110 11011101 1010011110 11101001 110011010 11001001 110100010 11001111 011110011 01101001 10101101010 101001111 00101111110 1111111101 110110110 01011011 111111100 1010101101 110110010 101100111 11101100110 01001001 1110011010 101001001 101011010110 10110111 1010011110 111010011 11110011110 11101001 101111011100 11001101 01111000110 10010011110 010011110 11111101 110111010 11110111100 1111010010 101011001 1110011010 111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 155
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 68
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, he are repeated.

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

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

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