This is an analysis of the poem Smile that begins with:

He said: Lo, the sky is somber, and frowned.
I said: Smile just the same! Enough frowns in the sky...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdecX eecXafcg ahiXhgfgibg Xagijiciafi cijakcjcgikcede
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,8,11,11,15,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101011 111101011001 11111111111 10010111101 1101111110 111011 1111001010 11011010 10111101010 11111 11110110 011101111101 01011011100 111000111 10100111001 1010011010101 10011011 111111010001 101010010 110111 01110010 1111100 101100010 1101101100 110011 11101011001101 111111101 10111010 11110110110 10110101 1101100011 111010111 011011 111101001111 11111010011 111000111110 1110011110 1101111010101 111100101110010110 01011110010 001110101 00101011010 01110111010 10110101011 1101010011 1101111010 0010101101 1110011110 1010011100110 111111011 101101 111101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 423
  • Average number of words per stanza: 82
  • Amount of lines: 52
  • 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; said, my, i, you, of, in, smile, her are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Smile;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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