This is an analysis of the poem Little Dick And The Clock that begins with:

When Dicky was sick
In the night, and the clock,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXXbXbXXXXXcdcd XaaaaaaXaa eeeXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,10,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011 001101 111011 101101 11101 1001011 01101 111011 11011 101101 11011 101101 111011 101111 111001 111001 11011 101101 11101 101101 11101 101111 01011 101101 11011 101101 11110 11110 01011 11110100 11110 1100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 260
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 23 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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; said, it, ', atty are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word and 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 it is repeated).

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

  • summary of Little Dick And The Clock;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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