This is an analysis of the poem A Fairy Went A-Marketing that begins with:

A FAIRY went a-marketing
She bought a little fish; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bX bc de d A fa fX eX e A gX Xg cX c A hi hc jiXj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,2,2,2,1,1,2,2,2,1,1,2,2,2,1,1,2,2,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010100 110101 11000101 010101 110110100 110101 11110101 110001 01010100 110101 01010101 110111 11010101 110101 11110101 110101 01010100 110101 11010100 110100 11010101 010101 11000101 011111 01010100 110101 01010100 010101 11110101 110011 11110101 101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 44
  • Average number of words per stanza: 9
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of A Fairy Went A-Marketing;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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