This is an analysis of the poem Old Pete Parraday that begins with:

Old Pete Paraday, his mind works very slow;
But, when it fastens on a thoughts, he will not let it go.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXX XXbbXX ccddXX XXbbcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100011101 11010101101101 11001100011101 11110111010101 11010111110111 111101011101110 11100110101 11101110010111 110101011110011 01010100110101 11111100110101 11110100110110 11100110011 11101110110011 11110100011111 11111111111101 11101110111101 111111001101110 111100110111 1111110111111 01010100111100 11101110111011 11111100110111 11011101111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 346
  • Average number of words per stanza: 68
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 57 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • 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; it, he, ', an' are repeated.

    The author used the same word old at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of Old Pete Parraday;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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