Can somebody explain each sentence and what it means like a response to the poem because i am confused how to do that? i took off billy collins clothes it was a case of fleas i had no gloves or...

Can somebody explain each sentence and what it means like a response to the poem because i am confused how to do that?

i took off billy collins clothes

it was a case of fleas

i had no gloves or ten-foot pole

but tugged his dungarees.

 

i fumbled with his chambray shirt

as players at the keys

because i could not stop the itch

i dropped his B.V.D.S

 

a narrow fellow in the grass

i sent him out to play

the mermaids in the basement came

and washed the pest away.

 

 

can somebody explain what this poem means because im a little confused about it.

 

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Your question did not specify a title or author. It occurred to me after submitting my answer that Billy Collins is the name of a popular contemporary poet. He may be the author of your poem and/or the Billy Collins the poem refers to. I just don't know. Maybe somebody else can give you the answer. Or you might offer the name of the title, if you know it, and any other supplementary information. Please click on the reference link below for eNotes coverage on Billy Collins.

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In the first place, this poem, which I have never heard of before, seems to be a parody of the poems of Emily Dickinson. It even uses some of her own phrases, and it may use some I don't recognize as hers.

"Because I could not stop the itch" sounds like Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death." "A narrow fellow in the grass" sounds like her exact description of a snake in one of her poems.

Perhaps more importantly, the stanzas and rhyme scheme are the same as Dickinson used in most of her poems. The meter is called "common meter." It consists of one line of iambic tetrameter followed by a line of iambic trimeter alternating--that is, four feet and three feet. The alternating lines sometimes rhyme and sometimes, as with Dickinson, do not rhyme or only approximately rhyme.

This is a parody, because Dickinson was a chaste, inhibited woman, whereas this poem is all about sex. The speaker is apparently female (she might be Emily Dickinson herself), and she is telling in innuendo how she undressed a young man named Billy Collins. In her case the narrow fellow in the grass is not a snake but Billy Colllins's penis, and we can imagine where she sent him out to play. Afterwards, of course, there was some washing up to be done, which explains the allusion to the mermaids.

Here is a sample of Emily Dickinson's poetry:

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me --
The Carriage held but just Ourselves
And Immortality.
                                 No. 712

You should have no trouble decoding other lines in your poem with the clues I have given you and the reference links below.

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