This is an analysis of the poem Prayers Of Steel that begins with:

Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar. ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AXbb AXXbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111011 11110100011 111111 1111101010 11111011 11110100011 1100010110110010 1111011010001010 1100111001101110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 205
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 9
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; me, into are repeated.

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

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

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