This is an analysis of the poem Prayers To Lord Murugan that begins with:

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Lord of new arrivals ...

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabcda XeX faa gha a X agii aejhgaca X gjh idj cai k X ldk aha aaj fX X Xabaa gjXia akaga ajljX XmjggkXghl X agi kjl ajl X aga nha jkn X ahi jea abg X jaa Xla gia X jec mci gjX X ajgXaja
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,3,3,3,1,1,4,8,1,3,3,3,1,1,3,3,3,2,1,5,5,5,5,10,1,3,3,3,1,3,3,3,1,3,3,3,1,3,3,3,1,3,3,3,1,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 101010 10110 01 11010110 11101011 1 1011010 10101011 100 11101011 0110011 111 1010101 0111010101 01 10110 1 11101 1111101 101101 010 01101 111 11001 11 11101 10111 1110010 1 1 101 10111 01 011 0011 11 0011010 10010 0011 10 1 1011011 1011101 100 11010010110 11011101 11 1110110100 1101101110 11 1111011 1101001 1 10010010 1111010 11011 101010 110 11010110 1010101 1010010100 110011 1010101 1111 101001000 10111 010010 10 1110110 010010001 011110010 01000100111 0100 110100100 0101 10010101 1101101 110 0010010 11110 1100101 10101 010 1 100111 1101 1101 101110 11001 10 1110 1100101 01010 1 100111 1111101 00111 10010010 0101 010 1101 1110 010 1 1011 111 011 10011 111 1110 10010 11001 1101 1 0101110 010 1100 010101000 0110100 11010 010101 01001 01 1 1011 111 0010 0111001 101010 010 10011 11 1 1 101100 1111 1 1010 1111 01
  • Amount of stanzas: 48
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 58
  • Average number of words per stanza: 10
  • Amount of lines: 141
  • Average number of symbols per line: 19 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, us are repeated.

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

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

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