This is an analysis of the poem Limerick: There Was An Old Man Of Columbia that begins with:

There was an Old Man of Columbia,
Who was thirsty, and called out for some beer;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: limerick
  • Metre: 1111100100 1110111111 111011 001101 10101100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 172
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 5
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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