This is an analysis of the poem Boomer Johnson that begins with:

Now Mr. Boomer Johnson was a gettin' old in spots,
But you don't expect a bad man to go wrastlin' pans and pots;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd eeff ffgg hhgg iijj aaff bXXg kXgg llkk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11010101010101 111010110110111 111010101011101 111010101110101 1101110110011111 101111101110001 111010101110111 11110100010101 11011101110101 111011101010101 11001000110101 01111000010001 11011101110101 11001101010001 001100101110111 111000101010101 11011101011111 01110111110001 110111010010101 101110111011101 11110101110101 101011101010111 111110010101101 111010111010001 11011101110111 101010101110001 11011101111111 111111101010101 111011101110101 1101011111110 1111010101110001 111011101010101 101111111010001 1110011011111010 111010111111101 111010111111101 01101101011101010 1010101010101010 011110111010111 01111101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 60 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, he, his, no, you, i, they are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Boomer Johnson;
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