This is an analysis of the poem Cripples And Other Stories that begins with:

My doctor, the comedian
I called you every time...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb defe gehe ieXe jbdb jhbh ahgh fgjg fhXh dkik ahlh dgbg bkbk hblb hmjm hdcd edXd igeg dfef enbn
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11000100 1111001 111110 1110101 111110 110001 11110101 0101 1101010 010101 11110010 0100101 0101011 101011010 1101111 010100100 10100011 10011011 1111011 110111 111111 111111 1101001 110101 1111110 111101 110001010 011111 1111010 01100110 010111 1101010 1111010 01110001 1101011 110101 010111 110101 10100101 0010111 11010011 11111 11010101 11011 111011 1111110 110111 1111110 1101 0100001 11010101 111011 1011010 110101 11110101 110101 1101111 0111010 11111110 101110 111101001 110111 10111101 110101 1110010 111011 1100011 111101 1101011 11110110 110111 1111010 1111110 111101 0011011 1111101 1011101 1111011 01010110 1111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 114
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 81
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, i, that, she, my, me are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, i, my are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Cripples And Other Stories;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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