This is an analysis of the poem The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus that begins with:

In Baltimore there lived a boy.
He wasn't anybody's joy....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb bbccbdbb Xbeeeebb ffgg ccbbeehX ffii cciXjjkk bbbXhXhhbX llXhddXi mmbbnn Xbbhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,8,8,4,8,4,8,10,8,6,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101 11010001 11011101 01001101 011101010 111111010 01110111 11100101 110101010 111111010 11110101 11010101 010111010 110111010 11011101 11010111 110101001 11010001 11011101 10010101 01011001 01010111 110101010 1101010010 11010101 11010101 11110101 10010101 110100010 110011010 100101001 10010111 01011101 11010101 110111010 110101010 11100101 11010001 1100010100 10101010 11010111 10100101 10011101 010011101 11101101 010110101 11010101 010111010 111111110 110111011 10010101 10010111 11100101 100101010 110101001 11101111 11011101 110011110 01010101 100101001 110100110 01010101 01010101 11111101 11110101 11010001 11010101 11111101 11111101 01010101 01011101 101101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 226
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 82
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; he is repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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