This is an analysis of the poem Fifteen, Maybe Sixteen Things To Worry About that begins with:

My pants could maybe fall down when I dive off the diving board.
My nose could maybe keep growing and never quit....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXXXcdeedXcffc Xaba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 15,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111101111110101 111101101101 110111011110110 10110 1111111110100 1101111111011 111111111001 110111010010101 10101 11010111101 110110011110110 11101111011010 110111110111110 010110 11010110101 0111010111111 010110110111 110111011101001 11110111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 473
  • Average number of words per stanza: 87
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 49 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines afghanistan, printing are repeated).

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  • summary of Fifteen, Maybe Sixteen Things To Worry About;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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