This is an analysis of the poem There Was An Old Man In A Tree that begins with:

There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a bee.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: cinquain
  • Metre: 11111001 111001101 11110010 1011001 0010010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 173
  • 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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  • summary of There Was An Old Man In A Tree;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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