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

Smile a little, smile a little,
As you go along, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Abcbbded AfXfghXh icicegAg XiXiXiAi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101010 11101 10111010 11111 10101110 10111 10101010 10101 10101010 10101 100111010 100101 11101110 01101 11111010 10101 10101010 11111 11111110 11101 11101110 10101 10101010 10101 10110111 11111 10111110 11101 11101110 00100 10101010 10111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 233
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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