This is an analysis of the poem Psalm Lxxiv: Will God For Ever Cast Us Off? that begins with:

Will God for ever east us off?
His wrath for ever smoke... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaba cdcd cece fgfX ahah iciX jhjh eheh fXfk gXXd hghg icic hihi cece cXck dbdbXdcdc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01110111 011101 01010101 010101 10011101 011001 11110001 111101 11111101 011101 11011101 010111 11110111 1110001 10111101 1100110 11010101 110101 111101001 1000101 01110001 110011 10111110011 1101010 11010101 110001 110101011 1101111 11010111 11011 11010111 010101 11010111 110110 11011101 110101 11110111 1101100 11110010 110111 11100111 010101 11110111 110101 11010101 111001 01110101 110111 01010101 010101 11110101 110101 111101101 110101 01011101 0101001 11010111 1101010 01111101 011101 11010111 111101 11010101 111101 11110011 111111 11110101 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 126
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 68
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words thy, shall, and are repeated.

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