Analysis of Limerick: There was an Old Person of Wick

Edward Lear 1812 (Holloway) – 1888 (Sanremo)



There was an Old Person of Wick,
Who said, 'Tick-a-Tick, Tick-a-Tick;
Chickabee, Chickabaw.'
And he said nothing more,
That laconic Old Person of Wick


Scheme AABCA
Poetic Form
Metre 11111011 11101101 11 011101 101011011
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 154
Words 27
Sentences 2
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 5
Lines Amount 5
Letters per line (avg) 23
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 114
Words per stanza (avg) 24
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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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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