This is an analysis of the poem Eclogue Viii that begins with:

TO POLLIO, DAMON, ALPHESIBOEUS
Of Damon and Alphesiboeus now,...

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abbbcdefcghigigjkbjflg ghgimXhBbbhjBghnoBdfcBfiaicBmicXhjBfjbhBhXajaBkbojXikBionhkXbai XigjjXdPgpdhPhXchPfjjPXbebgjPchXpbePljhhPXinbfgPmoejjPbpgcoeibX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,22,63,63,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0100101000 010110001 1101011101 0101000101 0111110101 10010011101 110110001 11001001101 1101100101 1111011101 00010010101 1111111101 1011110111 1101111101 010010101 0101011101 1111111101 1101110011 01010101001 1111010101 11010010101 1101101101 0101010101 10 1100110001 1001011111 1111010101 1101001101 1101110010 0111011101 1011011001 10110001001 11001110101 0111010111 10101011101 1011011001 10010101111 1101111111 1001100101 1111010101 1011011001 1101110111 1101111101 0101010101 1011011001 1100111111 1101010101 1101111101 11001111101 1101010111 1011011001 1011001101 0101111111 1001010111 1111011101 0101111111 0101011101 1011011001 1111101101 101101101 1100001111 1101101101 1011011001 11011100101 0011010101 1011110111 1101011101 1001110101 1011011001 1101111101 1111010101 10010100100 1011010111 0100011100 010010000101 101010101 1011011001 1001101101 1111110011 0110010111 0001001101 0101011111 1111111001 110111101 1101111111 100000101 1000 1101011011 1101011101 1101110111 1101010101 1101010100 11010101001 1001111101 11010111010 101010101 0110010111 0011110101 1001111101 1101011101 1101111110 0111011101 0101010101 1001111101 1101010101 0111010111 0001010111 1001111101 11010001110 1001010101 1111110101 1011010101 1100010011 1011010101 1001111101 1111010101 1111111101 1011010111 11010011101 1111001110 1101111101 1001111101 1101110001 0101111101 1101011101 1011100101 1001111101 1101010101 01011100101 0111111101 0011111001 1101000101 1011010101 1001111101 1101010101 11011000101 101101010 0101010101 1011101111 1001111101 11101010001 11010001001 1101010101 1101001111 1101011101 1101011101 111101 11011 10010001110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1587
  • Average number of words per stanza: 284
  • Amount of lines: 149
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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, my, i, mother, cruel, thou, from, ply, daphnis are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Eclogue Viii;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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