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

There was an Old Sailor of Compton,
Whose vessel a rock it once bump'd on;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: limerick
  • Metre: 111110010 110010111 01111 101001 0110010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 162
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 5
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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