This is an analysis of the poem Afraid Of His Dad that begins with:

Bill Jones, who goes to school with me,
Is the saddest boy I ever see....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabbccdd aaddeebbDD ccffggbbddXaaaaffaaDD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,21,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101 001011101 11111101 110110101 11110101 10010101 11011111 01010101 11001011 11010101 11100111 01111110 11111111 10111111 01010101 11010101 111110001 10110111 01010101 00110011 11111111 11110111 11111111 11111111 11111101 11011111 1110111 11011111 11110111 01011101 11111101 11010111 10110101 11110101 11111101 11101101 01111101 11111101 01010101 00110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 337
  • Average number of words per stanza: 72
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; an', he, him, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word an' is repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word dad at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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