This is an analysis of the poem Prayer For Children that begins with:

Gracious Lord, our children see,
By Thy mercy we are free; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccXX ccccddee ffddeeaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011101 1110111 1110101 0110101 1011101 1010001 11100110 10101010 1010001 1010101 1010101 1011001 1110111 1010111 1110111 1010111 1110111 1010101 1010101 1010001 1110101 1010111 10100101 1110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 262
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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.

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