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

Lord, I'm an auld man,
An' I'm deein!...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaaXXXa bXXXXXXX XcXcXXcc XXXXXabX XdXddXXX XeXXXXbb aaaaXXff gaXXhhaX aiaiXXXX jajaaadd cXcXeeee fXfgddXX kXkXjjXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111 101 11111 11011 11101 01111 11111 11111 1101010 1101 11001 100111 1110111 0110111 111111111 101111111 0010010 10111 1010010 1110111 110100 101010 101011 101101 010010 01101 111101010 111111 01001 01111 110011 1110110 111110 111001 11111 11111 11111 11101 101111 111001 011101 0110110 101110 1010110 110110 111100 101001 11111 111010 111110 11101010 1111010 001001 11101 11011 111001 1111111 11101 1110110 111111 101101 01011 11011 01111 110111 111011 111111 111101 11110101 1111010 101110 11110 101111 110011 111011 10101 01101 11101 101111 111011 111111 011010 111101 111010 101011010 0110110 101010 110110 111011 001101 111011 11011 101111 1101101 111111 1011101 111111 110110 11011 110010 1101 111011 101111 11111
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 193
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 104
  • Average number of symbols per line: 23 (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; 't, i, hae, me, to are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words it's, i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines 't, him are repeated).

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

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