This is an analysis of the poem The Prayer Of Agassiz that begins with:

On the isle of Penikese,
Ringed about by sapphire seas,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeff ggfXaaXchhiiccaaggjjdkkX hhiicciiddhhcchhaa illiiiXXXlddddeedd aaccbbbiibbiiaahhkkXXdldXXlcdcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,24,18,18,31,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 10111001 1110111 1010001 1011101 1011101 1011111 1010101 1100101 0011101 11111001 1010011 1010001 1110101 1000101 1110100 1110101 0010101 1010100 010001 1011101 1011101 1010001 1110101 1010101 0001001 1011101 1010101 1001101 1111111 11101010 11101110 0110101 1011011 1111101 11101010 1010001 1010101 1011111 1011101 10101010 01101010 1011101 10100100 10111011 1010101 0110111 0110101 1010111 0110111 1111100 1010101 0010100 0010100 10010111 1010101 0010100 00101010 1111101 1011101 1110111 1010101 1011110 1011100 1010101 1011111 1010101 01110001 0010111 01010001 0010111 1100011 00101001 1010101 1010001 1100101 1011101 1010101 1011111 1010101 1010101 1010111 1011101 1110111 1010101 1010101 1011101 10110011 1010101 10110111 1011101 1111000 101010110 1011101 1010101 1011101 0110100 1010100 1010101 1011101 1010101 10101001 0010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 623
  • Average number of words per stanza: 115
  • Amount of lines: 103
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words let, of, by are repeated.

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

  • summary of The Prayer Of Agassiz;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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