This is an analysis of the poem Those Two Boys that begins with:

WHEN Bill was a lad he was terribly bad.
He worried his parents a lot; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb XdXd aebe cbXb ffgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11101111001 11001001 11111111011 01111101 1110111101111 010010001 101001101111 111001001 11101111101 111100101 111011101001 001011001 101001101001 101101001 1010111011111 111101001 11101111011 11001 11011001101 11011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 901
  • Average number of words per stanza: 165
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; , he, and, that are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Those Two Boys;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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