This is an analysis of the poem Our Biggest Fish that begins with:

When in the halcyon days of old, I was a little tyke,
I used to fish in pickerel ponds for minnows and the like;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddeecc ffbbcc Xbbbbcc ddgg ccXcceecc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,7,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 100100101110101 110101001110101 1101010011111 111011110010111 11010101010101 111110101111101 01010101010101 110101001111101 110111110100001 11111101010101 11010101111101 01110101111101 11011101110101 01010101011111 11010101010101 110111000100111 01010111010101 101011111111101 11011101110111011 1 1010100011010101 1010101111011001 111000101110101 11000100101111 101100101111101 111010101101101 01010101010101 11010101010101 11001101110101 11111101111111 11010111111101 111101011010110 11011111010001 111100111110111 11010101110101 11010111011101 101011101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 308
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 37
  • Average number of symbols per line: 57 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, when are repeated.

    The author used the same word and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word away at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of Our Biggest Fish;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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