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

FATHER, I scarcely dare to pray,
So clear I see, now it is done,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb cdcdXcaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10110101 11111001 11110111 11111110 11111111 01110001 11111111 11010101 11111111 01111101 11110001 10011101 01101101 100100111 11010111 11010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 137
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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  • summary of A Last Prayer;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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