This is an analysis of the poem Dar-Thula that begins with:

ARGUMENT.
It may not be improper here to give the story which is the foundation of this poem, as it is handed down by tradition. Usnoth, lord of... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b X X a a a X X X X X X c X X X X X X b X X c X X X b X X X X c b X X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
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  • Amount of stanzas: 36
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 665
  • Average number of words per stanza: 125
  • Amount of lines: 37
  • Average number of symbols per line: 648 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 122
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, in, and, to, nathos, that, cairbar, it, by, with, ulster, thula, army, death, three, dar, at, which, thy, thou, their, they, from, like, but, her, night, who, thee, heaven, ye, have, o, been, course, light, fair, when, blue, on, stars, presence, his, she, etha, lovely, around, winds, not, soul, i, chief, deceived, for, rocks, art, land, towards, beam, my, he, fallen, truthil, sel, battle, ', colla, dark, son, said, face, eyes, arm, before, shield, saw, youth, sword, ma, sad, gray, spear, has, age, rose, arms, why, hero, plain, sons, brightened, seen, war, fall, its, be, strength, joy, near, car, borne, we, behold, halls, come, silent, semo, tura's, lamhor, usnoth, fell, hall, rising, them, erin, came, swords, let, voice, heard, ossian, bend, low, harp, praise, midst, your, sound, althos, foe, wind, blood, flew are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word he at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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