This is an analysis of the poem How Did You Meet Your Wife? that begins with:

Swimming the English Channel,
struggling to make it to Calais,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXXXbcabXXXXX Xc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 1001010 100010001 1100101101 110111 1101111 1100110 110101001 111010011 10111011 100010010 101101010 110101110 111100110000 11101101101110 0100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 262
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of How Did You Meet Your Wife?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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