This is an analysis of the poem I Had A Hippopotamus that begins with:

I had a Hippopotamus, I kept him in a shed
And fed him upon vitamins and vegetable bread...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabX aaXX bXcc aaXX XXXX ddXX eebb ffgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010100111001 1110110011001 1111010110101 11010110010001 010101000111001 010010100110001 1100001000101010 11110110100000 01100101010101 11000001010000 11010100011011 111000000010001 11010100111101 11000101110111 110111011110110 11010011000100000 11100101010001 1011010001000 1110011000101010 111101001100000 11111101010101 001111101110101 1101010101010110 01000000100000 110111000100001 11011111010101 11000101010001 001000000010001 11010100110011 01000100110001 111111110101010 110111100100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 203
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (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; i, him, and, no, in, longer are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words my, she, no are repeated.

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

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