This is an analysis of the poem Elegy X. To Fortune, Suggesting His Motive For Repining At Her Dispensations that begins with:

Ask not the cause why this rebellious tongue
Loads with fresh curses thy detested sway!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd eded efeX efeX bdbX ebeb ghgh cici dhdh hbhb ceXe efef dede fXfXXdbdb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101100101 1011010101 1111001101 1101011101 1110111101 1111110101 1101110101 0111111101 11110110001 1111100111 11010000101 1101011101 1111011101 110110110101 11001011101 1101010110 1011010111 1111010101 1101010101 110100111010 1001111101 1101001101 011010101 0101011101 10111101001 10111110101 0101110011 1011011101 1111010101 0101010101 1110010101 11001010101 1011111101 1101010101 0101010101 10010110001 11110101001 1100010101 10110111011 1111010101 0111011101 1001010101 0101110101 0101010101 1111010111 1001010101 1001011110 1011010101 1101010101 1101010101 110101001 1111011101 1101010011 010100101001 110010101001 0101110101 1111010101 11001000110 1101110111 1001010111 1101010101 1111110111 1111011111 1111110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 175
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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; that, thy, how, and, his, marian's are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, how, 'tis are repeated.

    The author used the same words 'tis, let at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase 'forbear connects the lines.

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  • summary of Elegy X. To Fortune, Suggesting His Motive For Repining At Her Dispensations;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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