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

Lord, let us pray.
Give us the open mind, O God,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: A bcXcaa dedeff fefeff bgbghhXbbbaaA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111 11010111 011101 01011110 011101 11000101 110001101 110010111 110111 11010111 111101 00010111 01110101 11011111 110101 11010111 110001 11111101 01010100 11111001 110101 11100101 011101 11001111 11010111 11011111 11010111 110101 11010101 001101 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 160
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, us are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines mind 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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