This is an analysis of the poem The Scribe's Prayer that begins with:

When from my fumbling hand the tired pen falls,
And in the twilight weary droops my head;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc adadXe fefeXX bcbccc ghghbb X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 101100101011 1001110111 1011010111 1101110001 1111111101 10111100101 1101100101 0101010101 0101010111 1101110011 11110001010 11111100010 1010100011110 10010101001 11111011110 1001000101 110111110 1001011111 1001111101 1011110011 1111111101 1011110101 1111110001 1011000101 1111110101 1111000101 1001111101 1001110101 1001111111 1111111101 10
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 220
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; my is repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase calls connects the lines.

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

  • summary of The Scribe's Prayer;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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