This is an analysis of the poem Hungry Mungry that begins with:

Hungry Mungry sat at supper,
Took his knife and spoon and fork,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcccdcecXfgfXehhXecXX ddhe aaiifh ddee iiXjeegccj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 23,4,6,4,10,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101110 1011111 10101011010101 1010101010101001 01111010 1011101 0101011 11011111 11011101 11010101 11011101 110111110 111110101 1101010 010111010111010 1010101111101 1111110110111 11111101000101 111010010101110 1010011111001 1010111 1101111 1111101110110 01011101010111 1011101110101 1101110101111 11111111010101 111101111101010 111111011101010 11111101110101 11010101010101 111101001110111 11010101110101 110101001100101 11010100110101 11110101110111 1010101110101 11000111111111 11011101110101 110100111 11001001 101101 101101 111111001 0101101 101101 101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 435
  • Average number of words per stanza: 84
  • Amount of lines: 47
  • 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; ate, his, and, he, in, then are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words ate, and, he, then, nothin' are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines was is repeated).

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

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