This is an analysis of the poem Eclogue The First Selim that begins with:

SCENE, a Valley near Bagdat TIME, the Morning
`Ye Persian maids, attend your poet's lays, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bbbbXXcccc ccccddaa aa ccbbeeffddgggghhhhffcchhii ddff hhddhhcceeeehhbbiXddXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,10,8,2,26,4,23,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10101101010 1101011101 1111011101 1111110101 0101111101 1111010111 11010110011 11011101010 11011001010 1001010101 0101000101 1101110101 11110101001 11110011101 010010101011 1101010101 11110111101 11010011111 0101010111 11010110101 1111010011 1101111111 1011010101 0111101101 1101010011 11110010101 1101110101 1111110111 01110101101 1101010101 1001110111 1001110001 1111010101 1101110111 1101010101 11001110101 11111111001 1101011101 1111010101 1101010101 1101010101 1101010101 0110000111 1001110101 1101010101 0111000101 0111110111 1111110101 1111011111 0101111111 1101110011 1011110101 0110010101 1111001101 0111010111 1111011101 1101111111 0101000101 1001010101 1101110101 1011010101 10011101101 0101010001 11010011101 1111011101 1001000111 1101010101 1101111101 11010111010 1101110101 0101010101 1001010101 0101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 419
  • Average number of words per stanza: 74
  • Amount of lines: 73
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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, her are repeated.

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

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

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