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ARGUMENT.
Lathmon, a British prince, taking advantage of Fingal's absence on an expedition to Ireland, made a descent on Morven, and advanced... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X X a X X X a X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X b X X X X b X X X X X X X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100 10010110010010101110100100100111010101101001010010010011110010001101010111101101001101101010010100010100101010101101001011011 101111010110010100110011010101001010101001011101001011011101011001111000110100101 1100101101010000101011100100101100100101100111111100101101011010110100100101111101011111001111111010101001101010011100111 01010110011111011111010010101011111110101110010001101001110011010100111001111101010101011000100011010100101111110110011011010001010101010111111011101011100110011100101001000110011110101010101101100101101001110 100101011001011001001111010101010010101110111001101010010111101101010001011 1010101101010010010111111010111010101001000101001100100011010101001101010111010111011001011101011010010100 1010110111101010101010001010111011001010101010101011010011101011111011110010110111100010110011001101011111111010101111011010010111111111111101011110101110111101011011110101011111010100101010011010010011000 1101010011000100111010011110010010110110010100101010010110111100101 1000101001010101010101101101111101101011010001011110001001111001001111111011101000101001111001001010111110110101001100 1001000101110101111010101011100100111011011001110101110110100111011111011100110100101101110100101101011011010010010101001000101100110010101101010001010101010110110010010 10010010011011010111110011011101011110010101101011010011010010011111101011101010100110111010010100111110010011011001010101111011111011000 101101100111110001000101001110010111010100100100111010111001011101011101010 11111010110100110110101011011100101001010110111110110110011100101011010110111011110111010011001011011101100101110101010000111001001111010101111110101111011101101011000110010100 1010001011001011001111000100100111011010110101010101110010011011101011010010101101101010011001001011010101101001111101010011110110100111010101101111111110010101010011011010111011011111111101001110 1101001011100101111110101101010101000111001010100111101111001001110001 1001001110101011111111010111011111101011110011111101101010010010001110101010111101101110111101000100100 1001001011010101101010100101110011100110111010100111100000101101011101010001101011111010010111101011010101101101010111011101011101101101101010110100011101100101010101001010000111000 100100101001101011010011111011100101010111111101110100111101111010010101101110110010101011011011010100100 100100101110111011010111101111101010111111111101101111110011110111111100101010101110101001010101010 11101111001001110111011111000111001001110101110001101010101101011111011001111001111111101001100101011010111110111101010110101001010111011011010110111101011111011011001101111010010 110110010011011110011111011110101101111111101010110101011110101111011101110100110101111001011111001111100110 1111100101010111100101111011100111101010110101110010101111101101010101011010110010110101101110110010001011110111111010111001111010101101010010011101001011011100110101111101001011101101 101110100010110110111111010110110001010101110110100111100101101100101110011101101010110101101011101010110101101010111011001101000101110101011011010101110101000101110101 1011010110101110101011111001011110011010101011001110001001001111110101001010101110100101110101100110010001111110001011010101001101010101101110110001010010110 101110111010111010101010110101000111111010010011011110101101010011111100010111110111010 100010101100111011111101010101011110011001000101110101010010111001010101010101010010100111101010 0101011010010011101111110110101010100100110110010111110111010111001 1001001010101111111101101101111101111101101010111110101001110110110010111110101101110010010101101010110111010101000101000 1001001010110010101001100101111010111111101010101011111010100010100 1011001110101011011111110101011010101111001101011001110101010111010110100110101110110100010110011101011101001110101111010011101000111100100010110010100 1010010100110001110100101011101001 1011010101011111010110101111000100101111101111000101001100101111011010110011110101010100101011100110101110100101011101101001010101111011111111101110100101100 1010010010010100100110110010011110110111001010110101010101100110101010100001110101011010110110101011010010 1010011101010101010110111110101101011101111101011100100101111100110111110001011011010101010110111010010010111101010101101001010101101111011110101110010100100111001011001011111001010101010111101001000
  • Amount of stanzas: 35
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 528
  • Average number of words per stanza: 100
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 514 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 97
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, on, morven, to, his, he, in, thou, lathmon, why, but, dost, fingal, like, my, from, spear, o, mighty, we, not, with, thy, shield, king, host, foe, stream, hill, i, son, has, morni, gaul, age, renown, arm, strength, him, sword, soul, before, thine, war, arms, our, at, battle, be, let, fathers, that, fall, may, their, fame, joy, ossian, your, strumon, days, chief, would, when, rise, if, should, deeds, eyes, what, behold, rush, steps, they, through, its, it, over, sound, death, came, rushed, then, us, heroes, heath, th, nu, by, fell, who, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words son, lathmon, fingal are repeated.

    The author used the same words son, lathmon, fingal at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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