This is an analysis of the poem 'Billy' that begins with:

At the risk of seeming silly,
I would ask you, 'Where is Billy?'... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbcc aaXXcc XaddXX eeffgg XXbXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101010 11111010 1010101 1110101 10010101 1111111 10101010 10101010 10110000 10011010 101010 1010111 10111010 00101010 1111101 1010101 1010110 1111111 11111110 01101010 1111101 0010101 0010111 1010001 10111010 10101010 0010011 1011101 11101110 01111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 194
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of 'Billy';
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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