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

ARGUMENT.
Cuthullin, pleased with the story of Carril, insists with that bard for more of his songs. He relates the actions of Fingal in Lochlin,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a X b a X c X X X d X X X d c X c X b X e e f f X X X b X b X 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,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100 100100100100101111001101010010010110100001001001011110110010101101011011000111001001001001001010101010001100110010000101101011010110010010010010010010011101001010110100101011010011010010000101011000100101010011010100011000100101101100010101001001001001101010110100101001110101001000111011010100100111110101010010001001011011010101101001010101000100010101101101000100011011011000010100010011101010010001001000110110100011110001000101011 100101001101001000010101111011001010101101011011010101110111010111111010101110110111010111111010010 10011001001101000110110101011111100100111101101001011100111110100100100001001011101010011011001011101010011100111101101101010010101100100101010111011101101101001010101010111010010010 10111010110101010110010101010010101111011100100111010101011110101101010011111001010001000101101010111100100101011001111010100110010111010101010100100110010111011111111011111111011100101 100011111010110110011101010101001110010010101010101001010111010010110101011010111011001010110100101101010101001010111010010111010101010010011000110110100100111011111101010010111110101101001010 1110101111010111011101101011011100101010110101101001001110010111100101110010101010101111010101111110101001011010100101010001100101101001010 11010111010101010111011101001010101001001010111011011100011101110000010101001010010110011100111001101110101010111010110100101010101011110101110010101011111010001110101010101110101011011110010111010010101011100111010100 1000010110010000100111010101001011011010101010010111001111011101101011001011111110110011100010 1001010010100101110010010101010001110011110101100010101101001010011010011010011011111101001011101100010101001110010111100100010111001010110101 10010101111010101011101101101010010101010111111111010101011101011110111111111101010101010011110101110110010111011101010111011001010010101011010111010011100101010100101110111 1011101100101010101011001111010101101010010110001111110111101000111101001010101010111011100111111001011011111101001010101100 1010100110010010111110010101110100101011001011010110101010010111001011101111001001001011010101110010101010110010101010111111010010100010100 10011100100101101101000100101111010011110101111110101010010110100101001000100011010101101101110010110100101011001111010101010010111001 10011001001110100110010111111110101101000110100101011001011010101001111101010101001011101011111001101100101011101011101010111011001001 10101101100101011101000110100101111111100111111110011101110111101111000101110010110110110101010110110111101111101111110101110011100100110010010100111001010 1010011011011100101001011011000110001010101000011011010010 110010101100101011100101010010100101100110101001110110111010100111101101000110001010010101011110110111001000111101010111101110111010110101010010 1101101011101101010110111010101010101010101001001000100111111101101010010110100101001111011101100100010101001010101010001100101110110010111001011001011101101010100001001 10101111010110111001010101011100100111010101011111011010010101011010111010010101110111011110101010101011000110111111101001101111111110011011101110111101111010101101000110100101110110100 10101110101001011110101010101100101001011011110001011101001010010110010110100110111101010111110101101100110010100101001111010010100010111111010111011101110011110010110101011011101001101001000101010001 10111010010100101101100101101010011010111101000100110001011100101111011111101101110110101111001 110101001010101010110100010101010111101011111011101010101010011101111010111010110011100111000100101010001010101010101010101010110101011001010011101011111010110100101001010001 100110010110101011101000111001101010110011110110101011100100101101001111010111010101110101010101010101011011011101011111110111011111001110010010011001010011 100111111101001111111010100101110101011100110111011111010111110101011101011101011001110101111001011111001111111101110001110101011100110 1011101111101010111100100101000101010101001110110011011101011010100101101111010010010010101010111001110100111110101110110 101111011101110101010100101010101011111011100011101011010101010010111010101111101110101010101010100111010010111011101011010101011111101010110001010101110001010 11110011111011110001111110101111101011101111100110101010011110011110011010101011110110101 100110001111111001110010110101010111101011110101111111011010100111010101111011010100111010100100 010111111111101000111110110101010111101010110101010100001011101 100100101101010110101011101011011110111110111001011111001010011101011101101011110101010111110111010101010101111111010100010 1101001001101001111111010110010101101110111100110101010101101100011010100110110101010101101010101111111110111 100111001010101010101110101011011010111010101101110101000111110101110101110011011101110111101100101010101111011101101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 33
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 613
  • Average number of words per stanza: 115
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 596 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 111
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, to, his, and, in, fingal, him, he, cuthullin, had, on, irish, when, which, calmar, king, enemy, carril, with, her, starno, they, she, daughter, death, hall, ', as, soul, lochlin, voice, my, thy, morven, secret, that, sung, from, snivan, haired, eyes, chief, maid, heroes, dark, wood, came, but, said, arms, youth, like, strong, feared, son, battle, steel, race, wind, never, by, before, sons, erin, sad, now, me, so, friends, spear, sea, its, i, heath, their, no, for, dead, more, hill, shields, echoing, feast, groans, spread, be, we, sword, terrible, break, night, morrow, deeds, day, not, o, thou, thee, saw, it, white, arm, fair, light, craca's, sighs, fly, oscar, our, such, two, many, let are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word the 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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