This is an analysis of the poem A Poor Joke that begins with:

‘NO, you can’t count me in, boys; I’m off it—
I’m jack of them practical jokes;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd ebebaaaa fbfbeXea cgcgfhXh aXadXiji fkfkcici XlclXbXb ckckmlXl bbbbjljX cacamnmn jaXakiki cacaaoao eaeajpjpXkhkheheh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111101110 11001001 111010110 101011011 1111111010 111111101 1110111010 11001111 110111010 101011111 110110110 11111111 01110011110 111001101 1100111010 01001001 1011011011 11001001 1110110111 11010001 101111110 11001100 1111010110 111101111 1110010010 11010101 1110011010 01011111 1010010010 011001111 1010110010 11010101 1110011010 111011011 1110110110 11101001 1000110110 01011001 1110110110 11111011 0110010010 11101101 00110100010 11011001 1011110010 11111011 1010011010 101010011 111010010 101101001 1011011010 11111101 1010011010 111001101 1011011110 101011011 1010010110 111001011 0011111010 101001111 1010011010 101001101 1110110100 111001011 1010010010 11011111 1111110110 111011011 1110110010 11001101 1111110110 0101101 1111111010 11111101 111111110 101001001 1110110010 11101101 1110111010 11011101 1010111110 111101001 1011110010 01011001 1110111111 11111001 0110101010 11011011 110110010 11101111 0111010010 101101011 1011010110 11101001 1101010010 111111001 0111111010 11011011 1010011010 11111111 1011101010 01001101 1010110010 101011001 1110111011 111011101 1011011011 11111001 1111110010 11110011 1101110110 01011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 307
  • Average number of words per stanza: 61
  • Amount of lines: 112
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, we, it, to, and, had are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of A Poor Joke;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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