This is an analysis of the poem Temora - Book Ii that begins with:

ARGUMENT.
This book opens, we may suppose, about midnight, with a soliloquy of Ossian, who had retired from the rest of the army, to mourn for... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a X b a X X X c X X d X X c X e X X X b X X d X X d X X X b d X X X X X e X X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100 0110110101110001000101101001001001101100110010101001011011010101101101010001010100010100010010101001010110110100010111100100001001011011011011010101101010010110011100100000111100100100010001101000110110101001011010011010001000100011010100100100110001111011010001001001000100010001000101100101110111000110101001010101011100101001100011000101001001001001000011001010010001000110100111010111000110110110011011010100010010010100111001001001010 10010110110010110111010101101110110101011011011111011100101011100110100011100010110011110111111100111001110101111011101010101010111011111111101010010101110011101010110100101010111010101010100100101010001011110110111101 110111111100010101001111010101010101111110111001010101011010010101010100101110101100100101010101011111010101010001111101110101 1110100111010010111010010100101111101110101100110101111111010101111111111010101010010010110110111010010001101010100111111110101110011011010010000 10010001011001111101110101101110101001010101010100100110001011110111110010010010010100 10011101111101110111010111010100101111010111011101110101011111010100101010110110101010100101110011101101011111001001101010101000111101000100110100100101010101101 10010100101010101001100101011101001011110101010101001011101010010110001010 1100101000100110010101011110110101101001101101110010101000010010111011111001010 101110100100010110110101010101111001110101101010101101010010011010101011100011111011110111010010100101010110110110110010011011001010 10101010001001010100110111001011100100101100100101001100101110101110101011001011101001011010101 10101001101110101011010011101011001101010010101011100100111000110101001101000111000 100101001101010101101111111101011110011010111101010101111010101011011000100011010111111011001010 1011010111010111111011101100100110111011111010011101001110011101010011010111010001010101010 1001011001001010101111011100100101010010101001011010100111000010101000100101010010111010110001101110101010010 11011011110001100100110100101101100110100101010100100101010100110010111101001 100110010110101011110101000101110101111111010100101001001111010110100101011111101101110111010101010010101011010101010101110101010100 10100011010110111011101010010011110111010111110101101010111011111011101010110101001010111010011001010101111011101101011011010101110100 1111110100110010110111011010101010101010101010111010010001101001111101101011111010111001001110101010001011101101001001111011011101001011101010100010 110101010011001111101110111000011100101010101011110101001010111110101101100101011010100101000110101010100010010101111010101 10000101111101010101001010100101000010 110101001111101011101010100100010011001010100101001001001010 10101010101101010000110100100110101101101011010101001011011110110001111001010001001 1110100101011100011110010101011110001010111100111010111100010101011101100101011010010111010010 110101011101101111010010001000110110010100111011111101001011011010110100101011010100101101011 101101101110100101101111010100110101001010110100100101011010101101001110010001101000111101101 100010100100101011110001010101011010101000111010111011010101010101001100111000101010101001110011011010110010010101010010010011100100111101010111000101100111101010010111010 101010110110011000111111001011100110101000010010110001011101010111011011101110111000110101010101010011010 0101111101110101011101010110010101011101011001101011111110110011101001110111010110010111010101111101001011101110101 1000111101110101110010110111101011011110110010101101101111001101110011101001110100010101010110101011101111111101011101011101001111010101100111010010101011010100010111101110101 110010011111101110100111110101111010110011101110101110101 10001001011111011111110101000101111111000110111011110001101001101110010100111010101101100011 1001010011101101000100101110001111010101111010111110110101101110101110100110011010100101011111111011101110100111101011010101100111001111100010110011110111011010100 1001101011011111110101010111001110010101011110101100001011010010101110100 10010010110111001110111010011011110101101011010 1010101110100011101001111001101110101111000101101101001110100111011010111110101010010101 1101010010010101010110101100100100100101110101011010100110110110110011011101100010010001010 11110011001101111101011011110001101010110010111111011001110010111001100101010100111101000101110001011111010111000101111111111010111011010101100101100 1010010100111001010110010011001000101111011101111100101111001110111110001001100101001010001010110101110111111000110011110111010110001101110101001011001011100110010111001110101011111110101010101011101001100100100100101111001010101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 39
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 499
  • Average number of words per stanza: 92
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 488 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 90
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, to, and, his, in, ossian, from, son, on, army, with, who, be, cathmor, he, thou, that, chiefs, king, which, thy, near, no, it, bard, father, not, i, my, their, why, fingal, night, heard, fillan, war, spear, oscar, all, soul, when, steps, shield, ought, they, came, colgar, streams, rolled, call, sound, foes, rejoice, foldath, light, without, song, her, at, crothar, rose, battle, but, atha, round, death, joy, l, con, ma, me, before, kings, forward, we, our, place, through, carril, away, pleasant, heaven, dark, vale, morning, like, mist, comes, locks are repeated.

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

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

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

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