This is an analysis of the poem On Pedigree. From Epicharmus that begins with:

My mother! if thou love me, name no more
My noble birth! Sounding at every breath... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXbXXXcbdXeecXdaXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1100111111 11011011001 1101111101 1011010101 1011100111 1101101001 0111010101 01010101001 1111101111 0101110101 1111110111 1001110001 1101010001 0101011101 0100011111 0101001111 1101110101 01010010011 111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 793
  • Average number of words per stanza: 144
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; my, their are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word my is repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of On Pedigree. From Epicharmus;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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