This is an analysis of the poem The Two Men that begins with:

THERE were two youths of equal age,
Wit, station, strength, and parentage;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd efgg hhiX ccjj cckk eecc XcXi ddeX ccbb Xgjj jjef gggg ddgX jjeX cccc ggcX cchh jjjj jjee jjjX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10110101 11011100 11010111 11111101 11010101 01010101 01010101 11011101 1010101011 101011100 11011101 11010111 100111101 01111101 11110111 110011110 10010101 01011101 110101111 01010101 01110110 01011101 11011101 11110111 1100111 01010101 10111111 1100101111 11000110 11110101 01010110 11110001 11000101 11110101 11110101 1101110010 11111111 01010101 11111111 1100101001 110111100 01110101 11010111 11010101 11011101 11110101 11011100 11010100 11011111 01010101 11010001 11000101 11010101 01010111 11110111 11111101 10101010011 011011011 11010111 010111110 11110001 11011101 11010111 11011101 11100111 111011101 01011101 111101110 11100111 11011111 11010101 11110111 10111111 01011101 11010101 11110111 11001111 011101001 11000101 01010101 11000101 11001001001 11001101 1010101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 160
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 84
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; and, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i'll, he, and are repeated.

    The author used the same word he at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of The Two Men;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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