This is an analysis of the poem The Tale Of Custard The Dragon that begins with:

Belinda lived in a little white house,
With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd eeff ffgg XXbb aagg ddXX hhdd iidX bbjj bXhh jjhX ddcckk aabbXffgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,6,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101001011 0010110101011 10101011010110 10101010110 101001011011 1010111101 101010111110 10101010111110 100101111 11110111101 11010110101 1101010101 0101111010101 1111110101 101111010001 110110111 01010111011000 1111011011100 111100010110 10101010010 0101011101 111110100101 111010101 110110111 100100110101 1101111101 111111010 111010100010 10001110001 1110010101 01111111 0111010110 010111111 1101001011 110100100011 1101101001000 11110101110 1011100010 001010110101 1110101010101 01010110010 1111001010 11011011101 1101011001 0100111011 111101010 11101011 0101011010 11001110110 101110110010 11111111 110111111 11011101 1101001011 01011001011 0010110101011 10101011010110 10101010110 0100111010101 1111110101 100111010001 11011010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 186
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 62
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; little, and, as, him, his, in, like, up, spoke, been, her 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 belinda at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase custard connects the lines.

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