This is an analysis of the poem An Informal Prayer -- The Prayer Of Cyrus Brown that begins with:

“The proper way for a man to pray”
said Deacon Lemuel Keyes,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb abbb Xccc adcd XeXeeccc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010110101 110101 101010101 010101 11110101 1100101 010101001 1111001 11111101 110011 01110111 1110001 01010110 010101 0110100101 11001 1111110101 111101 01110101 110101 111011111 111101 010011101 010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 151
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (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; no, i, prayer are repeated.

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