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

The river is famous to the fish.
The loud voice is famous to silence, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abc da e ff bcd XX Xade aXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,3,2,1,2,3,2,4,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 010010001 011010010 110101001 01100011 0110101010001 1010010 0101010001 001011010110 0100110 01010001 1101011 10101001 011010100011100 1111100011010 1100100101 111101 101001001 10101111 110010001010010 10101101001010100 101010011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 95
  • Average number of words per stanza: 18
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines bosom is repeated).

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

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