This is an analysis of the poem Behold, O God! that begins with:

BEHOLD, O God! in rivers of my tears
I come to thee! bow down thy blessed ears... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaabbccccccXaddcc eeffggddhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 17,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0111010011 110111111 01111111 11 0101010101 1111111111 1100011101 1111011111 1110010101 11110101010 11111101010 0101110111 1101110100 1111100101 1101010101 1111111111 1101111101 0101010111 1101110111 1101111101 1011110110 1101110101 1111111101 1011110111 0101111101 110111011 0101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 573
  • Average number of words per stanza: 111
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • 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 word and is repeated.

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  • summary of Behold, O God!;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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