This is an analysis of the poem Old Barnard -- A Monkish Tale that begins with:

OLD BARNARD was still a lusty hind,
Though his age was full fourscore;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbccd efggbbf gaaaaaa hgiijjg abaXkkb lhccffh gmddnnm daggaaa gbbbddb hakkffa lgggeeX XgggccX ackkkkc kcggnnc agddaaX agddffXXbfeeddf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110110101 1011110 11101 1111 00101 00111 0110111 11010101 1011101 111001 11111 00111 10111 11100111 01110111 1101111 10101 11001 10101 00101 11110101 110110111 1101101 101010 01110 11010 01010 0101101 110010101 1100101 11101 011100 10101 100101 11110101 101111101 1010101 10101 0101 111110 110010 0101101 10101100111 0101101 11101 01001 101001 1101 11100111 1010011101 011101 0111 10101 0101 10101 1110101 1111010101 1011111 10111 10101 10101 10101 11101101 101110101 1111101 10101 11101 10101 1100001 111001111 111110101 11111111 01111 10101 101111 100111 1011011110 11011111 0011111 1010111 101101 100101 101101 1001101110 10111110101 1001101011 10111 01101 11111 100101 10100101 0010101101 10111101 001001 10101 00111 10101 11101001 10111000111 1001001011 101101 101111 101100 101101 10111110010 10111001101 1110101 101111 101111 1001110 101010 11011111 010111101 010010010 11111 00111 10111 10111 111110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 204
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 119
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, nor are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words old, but, and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same words moon, thee at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of Old Barnard -- A Monkish Tale;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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