This is an analysis of the poem Billet-Doux that begins with:

She reads by the light of a guttering candle
and likes the feel of each page's gilt edge...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXb cXc Xba XdX XXd Xcc eea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111010010010 1101011011 1110101010100 010100011 01011011010 0010010101 0010111010 1011101010 1111000111 110101010 1101001010 1010001101 01110010101 1001011110 0001001111 1110011 11010101 010111101 11100101001 01011101 010101110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 119
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; her is repeated.

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  • summary of Billet-Doux;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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