This is an analysis of the poem Horace: Book 1, Ode 22 that begins with:

The man, my friend, whose conscious heart
With virtue's sacred ardour glows,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab bbbb cccc cdcd ebeb fgfg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01111101 01010101 1101010001 11010101 11010111 11010101 11011001 0101101001 1111101 11001111 11010101 01010111 11010101 10010101 11010101 101010101 11111101 010100101 11011101 01010101 11010101 01010101 1101101 010011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 144
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Horace: Book 1, Ode 22;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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