This is an analysis of the poem A Prologue To The Scholars. A Comaedy Presented At The Whit that begins with:

A gentleman, to give us somewhat new,
Hath brought up OXFORD with him to show you;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbcXXdXe ccfXdXdd bbXbbbebffgggg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,8,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0100011111 1111001011 1011010111 0101000101 0111010011 1101010111 111100110 011000101 1011110110 1001011101 1101111111 1110010111 1011010111 1111111110 1101010100 1001000100 0100110111 1101100111 11011010101 10111111011 11110001111 1001011001 10011101010 110111100110 1101111111 101100 1111 100111010 1101001011 1111010100 1101010011 1111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 472
  • Average number of words per stanza: 83
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; but, then, in, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, then are repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase then connects the lines.

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  • summary of A Prologue To The Scholars. A Comaedy Presented At The Whit;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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