This is an analysis of the poem Limerick: There Was A Young Lady Of Niger that begins with:

There was a young lady of Niger
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: limerick
  • Metre: 110110010 111111010 101001 001001 1011010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 156
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 5
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Limerick: There Was A Young Lady Of Niger;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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