Prayer (I)

Prayer (I) Literary Elements

Speaker or Narrator, and Point of View

implied first-person speaker

Form and Meter

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Metaphors and Similes

Almost every line of the poem can be understood as a metaphor for prayer. Especially important are the following:

the "plummet," a tool for measurement, which suggests prayer helps man to understand earth
the "engine," suggesting prayer is a weapon against sin
"manna," suggesting prayer provides nourishment
"the milky way," suggesting prayer is important beyond earth
"the bird of paradise," comparing prayer to something rare and animal

Alliteration and Assonance

assonance: "angel's age"
alliteration: "Church-bells beyond the stars heard," "the soul's blood"

Irony

Genre

lyric poetry in the tradition of systrophe

Setting

Tone

exultant; praising

Protagonist and Antagonist

Major Conflict

Climax

Foreshadowing

Understatement

Allusions

Metonymy and Synecdoche

Personification

Hyperbole

Onomatopoeia