This is an analysis of the poem Fingal - Book I that begins with:

ARGUMENT.
Cuthullin (general of the Irish tribes, in the minority of Cormac, king of Ireland) sitting alone beneath a tree, at the gate of Tura,... full text

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  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
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  • Amount of stanzas: 37
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 670
  • Average number of words per stanza: 125
  • Amount of lines: 38
  • Average number of symbols per line: 654 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 122
  • 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; of, to, cuthullin, by, his, son, swaran, enemy, and, king, in, on, chiefs, he, their, from, thy, heroes, like, dark, chief, many, i, it, at, said, that, they, as, spear, shield, my, rock, says, side, land, streams, our, but, arise, mighty, fingal, sounding, thou, sea, with, connal, fight, war, battle, peace, erin, men, first, lochlin, for, let, sons, or, when, mar, thba, duch, c, where, ', her, morna, sword, she, breast, cormac, thee, art, me, hill, maid, lovely, daughter, arm, raise, wait, torman, blood, cold, love, hinds, white, 'from, gloomy, foe, slain, cave, stream, came, fell, replied, car, noise, sides, high, steeds, strong, be, so, its, strength, before, storm, fly, two, deaths, steel, erin's, rise, over, feast, all, rocks, hills, heath, who, these, here, chase, thousand, sound, him, red, carril, hundred, winds, should, clouds, waves, grudar, brassolis, cairbar, voice, grief, song, other, times, youth are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Fingal - Book I;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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