This is an analysis of the poem Prayer In Time Of War that begins with:

Now Death is near, and very near,
In this wild whirl of horror and fear,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcC ddeecC ffggcC hhcccC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011101 001101011 11010011 10110101 11111101 11011101 11011101 11110111 010111110 100111010 101111101 11011101 11111101 11100110 11111111 11110101 111101101 11011101 1001001001 11010101 11011110 01110001 10111101 11011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 212
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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