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

I am not yet born; O hear me.
Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Aba aaaa aXca adaaaa aedcdda Afa aaeXdffXbaXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,4,4,6,7,3,13,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111111 110110110110110 1101111 11111101 1110101101111 0111101111 1111101111 11111011 01001110111101 011010111011 001011011 11111011 1011010110111 1111111111 110010110011 1111101101 1111111 11111011 0011111011111 1110110110110 1111011101 11101010101 1011010010 11111011 11111111 1101101111101 111 11111111 010111111 01001101000100101 111010001010 110110111 11101101001 111100101 10110110 110100 1111 1011101110111 10111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 228
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 39
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; not, me, or, with, to, my, they, when, i, and, would are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines me is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word me at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of Prayer Before Birth;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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