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

Lord of all Life! When my hours are done,
Take me and make me anew--...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab Xcdc dede adad fbfb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1011111011 1111101 1111001101 10101001 0100101100 0011101 1111100101 1111111 0101011011 1100101 1010100111 1111001 0100111001 1101101 1111101101 1111011 1110101101 1001101 1010110101 1101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 145
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; and, me are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

    The author used the same word the 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 A Pagan Prayer;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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