This is an analysis of the poem That's The Way that begins with:

Just a little every day-
That's the way!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AAbbaccAA AAccaddAA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101001 101 1010111 1011101 10101001 1010001 1010101 101 10101001 10101001 101 1010111 1111111 1010111 10101010 101010110 101 10101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 230
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 23 (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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of That's The Way;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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