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

ARGUMENT.
Night comes on. Fingal gives a feast to his army, at which Swaran is present. The king commands Ullin his bard to give "the song... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X a b X X X X b X b X X X X X c X X a X X c X X X X X b b 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,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100 11110101001011100010101100101110100010110110100110010100101110010010100101001000010001010111100101010100100010100100001101010010101001110110010001001000100101001001001000001100101010010010010110010100101001001011101011001101101010110100001010101111011110101010 010111011011010100100101100100101111101010101010010110011011001011101010010110101011001011010100111101010111101001101000101011110110110101010101011 011111000101101111110111110111111111111011111110110101101011011111110101111111011111100101100101101011010 1101010010100010101111000101001110101001001101010010101000100111010110101011110110100100111011011100010111010101100101 101010101111101111010010101011010101010010101101010111011010100100110010101100111111001010 100010101100001010011010010010100010110010100101001010010111101100110010111101010101100101010110101011110011001010111111010010001100100101001011101010111101101010101010010010101110110101001011101010010101111001010101 1010111010101011101010111101011111011011000101101001010100101001110111010111010101101110111100101 10101110111110101111101010110101111111001101101011101011010101011111010001011010101010010110101100101111010101110010110101011111100011011101001001 101101011101010101101111101110100111101011101101101010111011001001011110101011111010110010011101111111111101011010001010100011111001110101011001010110110011101010111010011101001001111101 100010100101001011110110110010101110100010010001000111001011111011110101010101010101101011001111110111110101110101111001001010011101101001010010011101010111010100 10010011010110010111101010011101011100110011110100111110010111010011010101101111101111010101011010110101111001110010001101011111101111111011111001010111110101111101101111101010111010100111100101101100010 10001010010100101010001010110010101111001010101001111111101110110101011110111001010010101011110101110100101111011011101010011010101011000101011111101111010100101011111010010110110101010100 10100101101011101010100010101011111110111010100011110010010010010010100100111101011000111001110100101010111110101010010111111111010101001110101011101000101010101111010101111110101110110101001001010111111111100 1000101011011101011101101110010110111001001010111010111110101110011111110101101101011111101010010110110111001010 11010010101111011010101010110101011001110111001001 101001011010001011001010010010111011010001001010100100001100101100010101001010100101101011100010111100001110101101010110100101110101111001001001001011101010101010100100 100010110011010101010010111011010101010101010111101001011111010100110111101001111010011101101010 100101010110101100101010101001011101001101011100111010100101100101011010001010100101010010010111010101011010110011111001011110101101011110011110010100101101101001110101111100110100010101110101101101 10110101000100110101010101111101111010101100101100101001110100101010110101010111010101010100111110110110101100101111001010011110100100011000101100 1010001001010110110100101010010010100110111110101010001111101010110101100110101101101001111011010101101101101111110101101101011010011011010101111101010 0111010101010100101011111110101011110011101101110011010101001101111101010010100111110101011101101101111111001001010101101101111110100101101111110101 1001101011110011011101010010101110100100101101010111011101010101101110110111110011111110110011010100110101010011110101110 10000101100010101011001001010110010101000101001001100100101010010011011000011101010101010101110101111111011111100100111111110010001011101001111101001010 1001111000110010110111010101111101101110100111011101101110111001011101101101001010001010101010100110101010000111011110010111011010 1000101011010011110000101010010011011111110101011111110101110101010101001011011001011100010101010110010100101011010 101110011001100111101100101001101111010001001010100101101000110010011101001110101010101001111101001011110100101010111101101011101011000 1111011010100101001011010010110101101011101110100011011101111110101101011101101011 10110101111010011001101110100111101010101100111 100101011001111010011101011101101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 30
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 572
  • Average number of words per stanza: 107
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 555 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 104
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, in, to, his, and, on, fingal, with, which, night, swaran, him, king, their, he, my, that, trenmor, lochlin, from, when, thy, thou, wind, joy, it, i, through, o, but, ', not, youth, morven, son, spear, shore, corlo, replied, for, our, be, said, let, like, years, thee, have, heroes, war, fame, fathers, take, may, hills, they, raise, halls, spread, soul, noble, feast, fought, thine, shells, grumal, sword, where, carril, all, craca, battle, at, sons, heath, cromla, fillan, call, deer, along, mighty, white, chase, sad, chief, us, rise, cuthullin, her, many, arms, connan, words, battles, hail are repeated.

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

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

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