This is an analysis of the poem Nonsense Alphabet that begins with:

A was an ant
Who seldom stood still,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcba adada beXeb ffgXf ahfhh iajai ajbja akdka cckkc laaal aaddamaaam jkakj adgda Xkdkk mjmjmbbjjb aahha hDgdD cfdff jagaj baaab nkdkn ookko pfXfp
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,10,5,5,5,10,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0111 11011 111011 001001 1101 1101 11101 11001 101101 1101 11010 11101 10111 111101 10110 1101 01101 110010 11111 1101 111100 1011 111101 111101 111011 1101 111001 111101 101011 1011 1101 111001 110111 11111 0101 1101 111111 01111 101111 1101 1111 11111 1111110 110110 1101 1101 11011 011000 11011 1101 1101 11101 011011 10001 1011 11010 11111 010110 11011 10010 1101 11111 111011 111001 1011 1101 111001 011110 11111 1101 11110 11011 101101 011001 1001 11010 11111 0110010 11011 11010 1101 001011 111011 001011 1101 11010 110110 010010 010110 10110 110101 1001 011010 01011 1001 11010 11011 111001 111011 101011 1111 11011 110110 11111 1011 1101 0010010 1010010 110110 1011 100101 101001 010001 111101 1001 1101 11011 101001 101001 1101 11010 11111 10101 111101 10110
  • Amount of stanzas: 23
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 112
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 125
  • Average number of symbols per line: 20 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, so are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines eyes, ground, back, it are repeated).

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of Nonsense Alphabet;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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