This is an analysis of the poem A Prayer (A Prayer For Strength) that begins with:

O soul! However sweet
The goal to which I hasten with swift feet- ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd eXfgaahh eegfii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101 0101110011 010111 111101 1111110111 010111 1101100001 110101 11001 0111111110 111101 100110 0111110011 111101 1011111111 110101 100111 1111100101 0111010101 010101 111101 0100011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 278
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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.

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

  • summary of A Prayer (A Prayer For Strength);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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