This is an analysis of the poem Grammar that begins with:

Maxine, back from a weekend with her boyfriend,
smiles like a big cat and says...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXXcdb aebXXdX XXeXcbeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01100110011 1101111 11010101 101000110 0010101011 11110001 10101 1101010001 10001001100 101010111 0100010110 10100010 110100001 00101 11101010 111100011101 0011100101011 11001001000110 111101110100 11111 10110 11
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 248
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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