This is an analysis of the poem The Tears Of A Painter that begins with:

Apelles, hearing that his boy
Had just expired--his only joy!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdXeeffeeggggXhiiiihhddggjj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 32,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10010101 11010101 110101011 110101011 11010101 11111011 11111101 01000101 11000111 10010101 11010101 11110101 01010101 11111101 11011111 00110001 11011101 01010101 11010110 01011101 010101011 11010111 11011001 01010001 11000101 01010011 11010101 01010001 11011101 11010011 11111101 10111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1105
  • Average number of words per stanza: 210
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, ', thy are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines him is repeated).

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  • summary of The Tears Of A Painter;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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