This is an analysis of the poem The Washing And Dressing that begins with:

Ah! why will my dear little girl be so cross,
And cry, and look sulky, and pout? ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab bcbc dede bfbfXeaea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11011101011 11111011 01011001001 11101001 11111001101 11111001 11111011101 01011001 001001101111 101110011 001011011111 110001101 00101111111 11011011 111111111111 11111001 11101001111 11111001 11101011111 11100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 171
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, be, you, to are repeated.

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