This is an analysis of the poem A Bear Family that begins with:

Wunst, 'way West in Illinoise,
Wuz two Bears an' their two boys:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabbaaccbb ddbXeeccXXb bXfddgghhii jjXXk kXcXihhbbddbbddXe bbggbbgg XeggiiXXfXXd XXXeXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,11,11,5,17,8,12,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110100 1111111 1011111 1110111 1110111 1111101 1110101 0110111 1111111 1111101 1011101 11110101 1111111 1111100 1111101 01010101 11111101 11111111 11111111 11110111 01111111 11111111 111111111 111111001 01011101 111001101 01011101 110111111 11011101 11111111 111011111 11111101 11011111 010111001 011100111 01011111 11111101 01110101 11011111 01011111 110111 11011101 11110111 01111101 11101111 11111111 11010111 01110111 11011111 11011111 11100101 11111101 01011111 11011111 10010111 11010111 11101111 01011111 11010111 01110111 01111101 00111111 11111111 01110101 11100111 01111111 111111011 11011111 11010111 11011111 11111111 11110100 010101110 11111101 11011111 11111101 11110111 11111101 101010 1001100
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 361
  • Average number of words per stanza: 72
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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; an', two, he, dead, rowed, never are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words an', he, the are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines ' is repeated).

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