Analysis of Book Of Nonsense Limerick 102.

Edward Lear 1812 (Holloway) – 1888 (Sanremo)



There was an Old Man of the Cape,
Who possessed a large Barbary Ape;
Till the Ape one dark night,
Set the house on a light,
Which burned that Old Man of the Cape.


Scheme AABBA
Poetic Form Limerick 
Metre 11111101 101011001 101111 101101 11111101
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 158
Words 34
Sentences 1
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 5
Lines Amount 5
Letters per line (avg) 25
Words per line (avg) 7
Letters per stanza (avg) 124
Words per stanza (avg) 34
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Edward Lear

Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet, and is known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. more…

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