This is an analysis of the poem Eclogue 5: Menalcas Mopsus that begins with:

MENALCAS
Why, Mopsus, being both together met,...

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabcd Xdebfa Xbg X fh X cXbcb Xdbdc Xbagi XhbbjXcakjXjlXclcgmcdnabbochihX Xcbocpipaod X cmid XbabepehhhddjcpXaodXjanhghhjbgjgeX Xjpkb XfddX XXgddpj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,6,3,1,2,1,5,5,5,31,11,1,4,34,5,5,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 100 1101010101 1101010101 1011011111 1101110101 10 1101011101 1110010111 11110001001 1011011101 00011010101 100 1110011101 1101 10 101101 01110 100 11101 0101010011 0101011101 1011110101 110010100101 10 1110011111 1011111011 1101011100 1110010011 100 1101101101 1101010111 1011100101 1101100111 10 1101011101 1101010111 1101010001 0101000111 0111100101 1100010101 11010010111 10010110111 1011111101 0101010111 1011110101 01001001101 01001010101 0101110101 0101010101 1001010101 1011001111 1011111101 11001010101 1011011111 11111101001 11010010101 1011011011 1111010101 11001010101 11000100101 1101110101 1100010101 10010101001 0011111111 100 1011011001 1101010101 10110111001 0101110101 1011111101 1011010101 1011011111 1101100110 1101000101 111101 10 1101 1101110101 11000111001 1100011101 100 11001010101 1011011001 1101010111 10001111101 111010101 11010010101 1101110101 0101000111 1001010101 0101011111 0101100111 0100111101 1011010101 1101111111 1101001110 1011011101 1001110011 0101011001 11010101010 010100101 11010001101 1101011001 1100010101 0101001101 11110111101 1101110101 0111011011 1101011101 1111110111 1111110101 10101010101 0101010111 1111101101 10 1101110111 11010011101 1101111101 11111011001 100 1011110111 11110001110 1110011001 1101100 10 111 0101110111 1000110001 0110010111 1101100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 18
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 277
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 130
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; to, and, daphnis are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Eclogue 5: Menalcas Mopsus;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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