This is an analysis of the poem Temora - Book V1 that begins with:

ARGUMENT
This book opens with a speech of Fingal, who sees Cathmor descending to the assistance of his flying army. The king despatches Ossian to... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b X c X d X X X X X X X X c X X c e b X d X X e a 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,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100 0110001010111000100001000101001100100001010101010101010001010001001011100100100010100011100100101010110101010100101001010010010110101011000101111011101001001110011011110100101100101110101010011100010010101001001010110001011101011110101000101001001001001001101100111001010101010100101000110100110100101011010010101001010010010110010001010101000101010110010111010100011001000010 10010101110101010111010111011001011110101100101111111010101111110101010111111001011011100110101110101001001110100111011000101001010101010101110101111111011101111101110100 1101010101010110001101110101001101110011000100101010101011011000101001010010101001101111101001 100101010000100111010101010010101101101000101011011010011001101110111011101010111110100101010101001101011010101100010110111010011110100111110011110110100101001110100111101001110101010110101010 1010101101011111100101010010111010101011001001110011100110101111101110011010011101010101100100100111001010110010011110101001110101 11110010110100101110101101010011010011111110101111110101011101101010110101010111011101110101010101010111011111101110101011111101100111 1111001111111001011101111111111110011111010010111010111111101111111110011101110101011101001 1100111011111010101011101001011101111101001011110101110111001111101111111010 1010110101010101011110001111101101010101001010010110001010010111110101011010011100010 100101011011010110101010101100100111010110010111111101011110011101101011101010 100111011001111111010100111110111011010100110101111110111101101011100100101001010 1001111011101110011010101100111101010111011011110111110111111000101110010111101110110111011110110100 101101010111011001101110101010101101101001111010100110110011001111111011111110101101101010010011110100111110100 111001011010010111110101011110111011010100111010101110011111101011100101100111010001000110111111011101101101100111110111011001011111010100101110101010110010101110101110111100101111010010111010101100011100100101110110101001111111010101010110100111010111011111100111111101010110010110101 1010111001010010111111110110110110101001111110011110101011001011111010011010111000111010111110111110111111101000100101111001010110111 10001010111011011010111001000110110111110111111111001010101101001010101011101110111010101010 1110111010001011011101101010011000111111101010111110111010101111111011101110101101001101101011101010011010100101000111111101001111010100100111110110011100110101010101 1100010101011100101111011101011010100010101111001011101011111001011101011111010111010011100101010101110111101011110111011101011110111011101011111001010101 1001011011101011001110110100100100101101110101010111101111011101011110011111011010010101111111101010101110000111101011101001001 1101010101010010110101010100010011101000011010101110011101011101001111000111010100101011101110101 1000111011010110010111011101011101111011101010101011010111101101011111100111011111011011001010010001100110010111111011100011101011111010100101011101110110011101010010101010101000111011001110101110100101010011111111110101100111110101011011101010101 101011001011111011010100101111011110111010101010110111001111001010101111011001001010010 11111101100110100111000101111101010111100111100111011101100111010101110111011101110101000101011010100111101001110111011111011101011100101101000111010100 010111001101001001011111010010111010101110101010111110011100110111010010100011101010010100010111010011110101101001110101 101011101111101100010111011110111010101011110101001111101 10101011111101011101001110100011111101001001111000111110110011101101111111010111011010011011111101111011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 27
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 554
  • Average number of words per stanza: 104
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 535 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 100
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, his, to, and, cathmor, fillan, ossian, fingal, he, army, thy, in, son, retires, rock, rise, not, on, that, from, upon, between, as, i, they, steps, forth, my, like, kings, dark, fly, wing, their, side, her, with, where, nor, but, it, we, young, hears, king, fame, o, me, joy, behold, should, thee, erin, soul, fire, thou, him, war, shield, lay, no, thought, over, high, night, rolled, when, oak, round, who, mighty, pour, lubar, away, lift, foe, said, there, she, harp, at, touched, beam, song, sul 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 V1;
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