This is an analysis of the poem The Mother's Prayer that begins with:

A mother kneels by the cradle,
Where her little infant lies,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbbcded fghgXXeX bbXbaifi jikidgkg dXcflada dgbgcmcm cXjXcgXg igdgcmhm lgnglbbb Xlgngbdcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011010 1010101 11101011 100101 11101010 1011111 111001010 110111 1111111 1100111 11001110 111111 1101010 1100010 11101010 111101 1001011 100101 10101011 100101 11101010 1010101 111110010 1011111 01011010 100111 10101010 100101 10101010 11100101 11111010 110101 10001010 10011110 11011010 111101 11101010 100101 111001110 0110101 1111110 1111111 11111010 1101111 11010010 100111 0111010 110111 1111110 1011010 11011110 111101 1011110 110101 011010011 1100101 11001010 110110 10101010 1110101 11101110 110111 01001010 010011 11001110 1010101 11101010 0010111 11001110 10100101 11101110 00100101 111110010 1111101 11111010 0010101 1111010 110101 1001110 01001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 243
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 89
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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