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

ARGUMENT.
Cuthullin and Connal still remain on the hill. Fingal and Swaran meet: the combat is described. Swaran is overcome, bound, and... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a X X b b X X X X X X X X X X X X a X X b X 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,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100 10011010110110110101000110010111010101010000101011010101001011101010100010101001010111001000100101101001010100010000101100101010011100100011101011010010110010101011111101011011100001011010100100110100101000110100100011 1100101101001001011111010111010010111110010001011101101011010110111010010001001010111010101010001001100010111110101 1010101011011010010010101010101001001010101001110111101110110111101111010110010001011110111001101010101110111011010010101011111001000100011110101010100101000100010010111011101011010010101011011101100100101 1001010101010111010111001101010001010000100011001011111111011111001111110111000101110011111011010111111110101110101101110101111001101101101011011101010101001011111110110101111111111010111010110111010101111111010111110010011111011111101100101 100101010101001010101101010101010100010111101101010101100101000101011101011011000101101010111010101101101010000 111001011101101010101010100101101001110111001010100011101010101100100110011111101001011101100111000101010101011011010100111110010100 10101010011100110111010111011010010111010011000101101110011011101001100110101010110101011001010100100101010010101100010111101101110010101010101010101010100111111111011100 101010101011000111100001110110101011101001111110100111110011000101101100111010100010011111000101010010101000101001101011010111101001110101110100111011111110011110110 11101010101010100101001011010101110101101101011001001010101111111011010111111010111011101001010110010011010100100 1001010101001011101010101011010010111111010101011110101111001010110101111010010101001111001010010101010111110111011111011011100010 0111001111101010101101111110101100110111101000101101110110010011111001011001010010010111101010010010111010111100101100010100100101001010111011100101011110100101010110101101100101011011110111110001010110100 100011010110001010010010101010010101010101111101010010001001011101011110101101101111101101011011111101111111100101010101010101110111011110111101011101101110111101001111101111110111011110000101010011100101010111101010111011010110011010010101101100101010111001 101001111001010100110101101111101010110110101000111111010101011111101010101110001100011101111111111111001011001010 1000101011010101010010001101010111110001110101110111111001010111001010110010010110010101101111101010101100110011010011010001010110001010111001100011110111111010111010111011110110011011110110001011111010011111011011101001010100110110010010 1001101010100110110110100101010110010101011101010110001010111011110101111100111101110101110101001110010100001001111001100 110101110010110100111100111110101110100110010101101001011001011010010111001010100011101001111010010000110011010011111001011011110111010110101010010001011001010000100101101010101011100111011100111010101011000100101010 100101010101100110101010110110011010101010010101100101111101001011101010110110001001110101011010101010101011101010110011111100110101010001110111 1000101011010101001110111011101011101010101101001011110111011011111010101010101111101011101011101110111001001001011110110011111110101001010101110101100111101010010101110111111101010111101010101011101010111110101110100 1011111011011011001110110110100110010101100011010111001011110010110010101101111011110101001010101011100011010100111111100110110110010110001101011110001011110100101110101101010110110110101110011111011011101110011110 111111011101111101010011101111111011101101111001111111111001111111110010101101111001010001 11110101010111010110101011101011101101100101011111010111010100101111010010101010101110010011010101011010101010111010111100010011101010010101011001010101010001111010010110010111010100101001001110101101010111001000111101010110111101010100101111111001101101001011001 11001010001011010010111010100101011110101011101011000101110100100100100 100101001011011101111010101100110111010101000111101110101010011100111011010100011110101011110111011011111101011110010111111101010110100100100 111001011010100011111110010111111100101010101011111101111111110010101001111010111010010111101000100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 25
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 676
  • Average number of words per stanza: 127
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 651 (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, and, his, to, in, fingal, with, when, he, swaran, on, thy, their, dark, side, they, from, king, but, like, thou, strength, bound, waves, high, meet, i, as, that, rocks, who, seen, behold, at, terrible, stream, morven, lochlin, my, orla, said, sword, let, never, son, it, hero, hall, die, me, lota, must, spouse, war, not, ryno, love, here, rest, her, first, be, hast, ullin, been, daughter, lamderg, art, fame, voice, why, for, pale, heath, far, low, him, soon, tuathal, lena, ', chief, gelchossa, cromla, she, hill, went, three, blood, replied, no, tura, fight, heroes, may, ferchios, mighty, saw, eyes, them, fallen, grief, generous, semo, earth are repeated.

    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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