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

God! do not let my loved one die,
But rather wait until the time... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXXbb cacaaa dedeaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111111 11010101 11110100 01010111 11110101 11110101 11011011 11111100 11011111 111101001 11010101 11011111 11111101 11110101 01010111 110011101 11111101 01111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 209
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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