This is an analysis of the poem Things Work Out that begins with:

Because it rains when we wish it wouldn't,
Because men do what they often shouldn't,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaa ccddaa eebbaa ffeeaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101111010 0111111010 01111111 10110111 1110100111 01111111 011111101 011100101 0111111101 101100111 11111111001 101101111 011100101 0111100101 011110101 101101111 1111111111 1101101111 1101101111 1011110111 1011110110 111101101 10100101101 11011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 248
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; because, we, and are repeated.

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

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

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

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  • summary of Things Work Out;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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