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

I prayed for riches, and achieved success;
All that I touched turned into gold. Alas! ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa bcbc dcdc efef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111010101 1111100101 1101011111 111101 1111011111 1111011101 1101011101 111101 11111111010 11001110111 110100010010 110101 1110010111 1101110101 1111110111 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 165
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, great are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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