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Edward Lear

In Lear's poem "The Duck and the Kangaroo," the Duck admires the Kangaroo's ability to hop all around. Desiring to leave the pond and see the world, the Duck asks the Kangaroo for a ride on his...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 2:21 am UTC

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Lear is writing nonsense verse, so there's really no point in looking for a precise literal meaning. Nevertheless, one can at least hint at what he's driving at. The Dee is the name of several...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 9:59 am UTC

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Do you mean the poem by Edward Lear? If so, the rhyme scheme fits the following pattern: Said the Duck to the Kangaroo, A 'Good gracious! how you hop! BOver the fields and the water too, A...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2010 10:18 pm UTC

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Edward Lear

“The Duck and the Kangaroo” is a well-known poem by the nineteenth-century English poet Edward Lear. The poem tells a simple, humorous story about a duck who wants to escape the confines of its...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 1:57 pm UTC

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Edward Lear’s poem “Incidents in the Life of My Uncle Arly” is, like many of Lear’s works, a “nonsense” poem that doesn’t lend itself particularly well to explanation. In fact, part of the very...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2012 8:04 am UTC

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Most limericks have a rhyme scheme like this one: a/a/b/b/a. The meter is mostly iambic tetrameter, except for the two bb lines, which is short a beat or two. Again, this is a typical pattern in...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2010 7:42 am UTC

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This lines you indicated are written in Iambic/Dactyl Tetrameter. Dactyl refers to the poem's meter - the pattern of syllables in a line. Dactyl consists of two unstressed (or weak) and one...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2008 12:46 pm UTC

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Meter in poetry is a lot like time signature in music. If you can read music, you can figure out poetic meter! In order to show the meter, I am capitalizing the syllables that are stressed in...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2008 1:07 am UTC

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Although Edward Lear seems to have written few overtly political limericks, one poem with definite political overtones is the following: There was an Old Man of Jamaica, Who suddenly married a...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2011 5:45 am UTC

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Concrete, or visual, poetry forms a shape from the words, and the shape adds to the meaning of the poem. Shaping poetry to enhance its meaning has its first precursors in Alexandria in the third...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2010 8:42 am UTC

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This poem has five parts. In part I, the Duck addresses the Kangaroo, expressing envy for his ability to hop all over the place. In contrast, the Duck states he is bored in his "nasty pond" and...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018 1:26 pm UTC

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