This is an analysis of the poem Nursery Rhyme that begins with:

One year, two year, three year, four,
Comes a khaki gentleman knocking at the door.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabX ccdddd eeff bbgg bbaa dX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,6,4,4,4,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111111 101010010101 101011110101 010110010101 101010111111 1100101111101 1111111110011 1100101011101 110010110101 101011110001 1010100111101 100010110001 10001110001 10100011111 11011101010101 1011101110101 1010111110101 10101011111 1011101110101 101010111101 1010101111101 1001100010001 11111011 10111010101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 205
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

  • summary of Nursery Rhyme;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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