This is an analysis of the poem An Epitaph that begins with:

O MORTAL folk, you may behold and see
How I lie here, sometime a mighty knight; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXaaXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101110111 1111110101 010111100 1111100111 1001110011 110101011 1101100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 361
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 7
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (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; and is repeated.

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

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