This is an analysis of the poem A Little Te Deum For These Times that begins with:

We thank Thee, Lord,
For mercies manifold in these dark days;- ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbXbbcddddXeeacXcXedXA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 22,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111 1101010111 1101111101 1101000111 1111000111 11001010101 11111111010 1111000101 11110000101 1111000101 1111010011 1111011101 1110010101 1100110111 0101010011 1111100101 1111010101 1101010100 1101010101 11010111010 010111100 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 911
  • Average number of words per stanza: 169
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; for, of, and are repeated.

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

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

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