This is an analysis of the poem On A Thief (From The Greek) that begins with:

When Aulus, the nocturnal thief, made prize
Of Hermes, swift-wing'd envoy of the skies,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXXbXbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1100010111 0101110001 1010010101 1111010101 11110011010 0101011101 10111111010 100010101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 336
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of On A Thief (From The Greek);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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