This is an analysis of the poem Old Sir John that begins with:

Bald, with old eyes a blood-shot blue, he comes
Into the Boar's-Head Inn: the hot sweat streaks... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabbacdccdc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1011011111 0001110111 0101110101 0101110101 0101010111 1111110111 1001100101 1101111101 1111010101 11010110001 1101110111 0111010011 10010101011 1101110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 642
  • Average number of words per stanza: 123
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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; all is repeated.

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  • summary of Old Sir John;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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