This is an analysis of the poem Forms Of Prayer To Be Used At Sea that begins with:

The shower of moonlight falls as still and clear
Upon this desert main... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcccc cdXdaeae fgfgfefe hchcaiai fgfgjeje
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01001111111 010101 111101100101 010101 011100101 1001001 11010101001 0101010001 1111011111 100111 0101011100 111101 11111101001 1100111 1101110001 10011011101 1101011101 110101 110100100101 010101 1111000101 111101 110010010101 11010100101 110100110010 110111 01110101110 110101 1111110111 001101 01011111011 1001001111101 01110101101 100101 1010011101 110101 11010101101 100101 11010010011 010101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 325
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; in, thy, his, of are repeated.

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  • summary of Forms Of Prayer To Be Used At Sea;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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