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

Keep me, I pray, in wisdom's way
That I may truths eternal seek; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdbebeaaaabfbfagag
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 24,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101 11110101 11010101 11011101 11001101 11010111 01010101 01010101 01101101 11010101 11010111 11010111 10110101 01101001 11011110 11000101 11010001 11110111 10110111 111011101 11010100 101100001 11011101 110101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 867
  • Average number of words per stanza: 149
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; i, of are repeated.

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

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

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