This is an analysis of the poem Francois Villon that begins with:

If I were Francois Villon and Francois Villon I,
What would it matter to me how the time might drag or fly?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AaaabbaA AXXXcXaA AacccX XA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,6,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0100110101101 11010011011111 11010101011101 11110101010111 10110101110101 111010111011111 110001010101001 0100110101101 0100110101101 01010101111111 11010101010111 01001101010011 11111110010101 11110100110011 11011101010111 0100110101101 0100110101101 11110101011101 10010101101101 1001011101101 0100010110101 111111010100110 11110111110100 0100110101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 270
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • 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 author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, my, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words if, he are repeated.

    The author used the same word if at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines i is repeated).

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

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