This is an analysis of the poem A Boy And His Dog that begins with:

A boy and his dog make a glorious pair:
No better friendship is found anywhere,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcC aaddcC ddeecc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01101101001 1101001101 111111111111 111111011001 111101111111 11101001101 111110101001 11001101011 1011101001 11001101001 11101011111 11101001101 11011101001 11011011011 11111111001 01101111001 11011101001 101001001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 286
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; they, and, his, who, dog are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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