This is an analysis of the poem Backward Bill that begins with:

Backward Bill, Backward Bill,
He lives way up on Backward Hill,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabc ddee bcXX ffaa gghh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101101 11111101 10100100101 11011111 10110101 001111111 11101011101 101001101011 10111101 11111011110 01111101011 10111101011 10110101 1111010111 111011101 1111101101 101101101 11101011001 11100111101 11101001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 171
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; backward, ', his, goes, and are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word backward 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 ' is repeated).

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