Analysis of The Prayer Of Cyrus Brown
Sam Walter Foss 1858 (Candia) – 1911
"The proper way for a man to pray,"
Said Deacon Lemuel Keyes,
"And the only proper attitude
Is down upon his knees."
"No, I should say the way to pray,"
Said Rev. Doctor Wise,
"Is standing straight with outstretched arms
And rapt and upturned eyes."
"Oh, no; no, no," said Elder Slow,
"Such posture is too proud:
A man should pray with eyes fast closed
And head contritely bowed."
"It seems to me his hands should be
Austerely clasped in front.
With both thumbs pointing toward the ground,"
Said Rev. Doctor Blunt.
"Las' year I fell in Hodgkin's well
Head first," said Cyrus Brown,
"With both my heels a-stickin' up,
My head a-pinting down;
"An' I made a prayer right then an' there -
Best prayer I ever said,
The prayingest prayer I ever prayed,
A-standing on my head."
Sam Walter Foss.
|Scheme||ABXB ACXC XDXD XEXE XFXF XGXG X|
|Poetic Form||Tetractys (20%)|
|Metre||010110111 11011 00101010 110111 11110111 11101 11011011 01011 11111101 110111 01111111 0111 11111111 10101 111100101 11101 11110101 111101 1111011 11011 111011111 111101 0111101 010111 1101|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1|
|Letters per line (avg)||24|
|Words per line (avg)||6|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||84|
|Words per stanza (avg)||20|
Submitted on August 03, 2020
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