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

Then a priestess said, "Speak to us of Prayer."
And he answered, saying: ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X a b X c a c X X d d X e b e c b X X X b X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010110010100 111010 11010110111111110001001110110010 1101100100100001010 100011100111000100101101011010011 10110111111010111110111011100111110 111110100111110111010111011111 11111001100100011110011010 10111001011101011011101 10111000001010111010 110011100000110001011101 000111100100100 1101110101 110101111101100111 1110110100110101010 11111001010101011111011 1011100010001111010010 10111111001001110 001010011100 0011011111111100111110 11011111110110111101 1111101011010110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 84
  • Average number of words per stanza: 17
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 85 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 17
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, your, of, and, you, to, for, enter, if, not, it, should, our, us, thy, that are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words and, it at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

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