This is an analysis of the poem Listen, Elaine! that begins with:

Listen, Elaine. Tho' I'm not mad on racing,
I like a little flutter now and then;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbcbcb XdXdcbcb aeaefbXb fgfgagaXg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10011011110 1101010111 11011110100 0100111111 0111110011 1101111101 1101011101 1111110101 11110111110 1011011111 01110110010 1101011101 01110111110 0111101111 11010111010 1101110101 110101111010 1101010111 11010011110 1001111101 11111101110 1101010011 1111010110 1111010101 10110111010 1110011101 01110111110 1111110101 11111111110 1101010101 10011110010 1101011 101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 383
  • Average number of words per stanza: 67
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (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 speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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  • history of its creation;
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