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

There was an Old Man of the West,
Who wore a pale plum-coloured vest;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: limerick
  • Metre: 11111001 11011101 111101 101101 101011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 158
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 5
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Limerick: There Was An Old Man Of The West;
  • idea of the verse;
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