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

Echo of the clocktower, footstep
in the alleyway, sweep...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aab XcX Xdb eeX dXXXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 100010011 001011 0011001 10000100101 0101001010 10001 10001110100 010011011 10100010 0101010011 1011101 00110011 001100100011 1011111101 101010101 101100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 89
  • Average number of words per stanza: 15
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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