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

ARGUMENT.
The fourth morning from the opening of the poem comes on Fingal, still continuing in the place to which he had retired on the preceding... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X X a X b X c a X X X c d X a e c d X c b X X c d X X X c b X X c e 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 01100010000101110101000010111011001010111001011100101000100100111011011001010010010110010101001010100101001010010001000100110100011001001010111010010100110010101010010101100111110100010101100010010100100100010011001001000101001011000101010011011010010011010101101110010010010100100101010010010100111010010010000110101100010010010101101001010010100011010010101010001010 110101110100101110010111010011001010101011011101001010101110101010111011111000110111011101001001001011110011001001010010110101011100101110010110101010101101010101 1001010011010101001110000101110111010011010101101001110100110100101110101011100111011101011100101010010101110110011110101111101010110101011101 1101010101011101111101010111010011111000101011111110110111100111110101001010101110101 10010010110010011111111100101011101101010101111101001001101110110010101011001010101001111010010111101001110110 111010111110110111101111100101111001011001101 1000101110101011100111010101011101000110101010010101110111010101010101001010101011101011010010001110001010111101011101011001001010011110100101010101101110111011101110101011001011111010111010111 10111010111101001011001110001001011011100010101111110010001010111011011001100110111000101110111110101011111010010010 10011101010101111001101110111100111101001001010101011010111011110100101101010110111111010101111011010010101 101010100110100010100011101001110001000100111001111111011001110101101111011100011101011100111110101110111 110101010001101010110101011100011010101101010111010101001010110111001001010101 1011010111101111010101101001111010101101101010101010111011101011010010011111001111101111001111111 111010111010111110101010101010110101110101111010011101001011101011110101 110111001001101011110101101110111110101000101001011010011111011111010110101011101100111101101100101100101011010110101101001010111011011101 1101010111110011100010111001011111011001010010101001101010110101011011000101101101010101101101001011010001010010010011111110101111001010101111101 111101001001111110100101001101010010100100110100110111010101010111011101100101011000100100101010111111011011010101 10011101101010101010111110010110011100111011111101001010110110110111001001011111001110101101001010010011100101110011010101011110111110010101110100101011110111011101001110010011011010110100101111110101010101010101101001011111001011101 1101010101001011101110101010001111100111101010100010101110101 01110010101011011101100101010011101011111111111010111000100111000100100010111110101011010001101 110101111101111010010101011010101110010101100101011010101110001110101001 1001010101111101101011110001100100111010010001010111101010111110110111101110010010101011110100111111111111110111111010100100 1010001011101001011010010001010101100100100111111101010111011011110111111010011011001001101001110110111011111110100010010 101010011001001111111011001010111101001111111011111011011010111110101001001111100100110111101110111111110111010101010010111111110110111101111011001010101 101010111111100110101110101111110011111001001011111010100100110110110111101011011010101010110010111101010110100111001011 100010101001011111010111011111111001111010111100101111010110111111010 1101011111101110101010011010111010111110011010111011111 10111110111100100110100111010111011011111111011001011001001101110101110101110111011010111111010111001111010101010101011111010010101010 1000010110101011010011001100101000101101001001101001010110101010101000101100101010101010101010111101010101110001010110100011111001010111010100101110101101111001 11010101011010010011111101011001011110100010100101000101010101100111110101010001111010010111010101010101 101110101001010111110111011010110010010100101111111010100100111101011100110010101111000 0101001001010101111010111010110110100110110101001011110101011011110010010011100101001010101111100101101010110010010111001011111111001011101100101010101 101111101101001111010100101010101010100101001110010011100010110001001001010101110100111010110101011010100110101010010011001010101010101001110111010010001 10101011110011111011011001011010010110101011010101110101011111010101100110101011 1001010110101011110111011011101010101111101111100111010110110101000101001011101011100001100010010011111101101101111101010110101001001010001100101001010111010001101000111010110110101101011110101011101101101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 35
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 527
  • Average number of words per stanza: 98
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 513 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 96
  • 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, in, his, fingal, on, he, cathmor, king, from, at, with, army, each, mist, which, comes, my, son, all, they, we, round, but, wind, spear, far, it, field, over, before, dwell, that, when, lift, him, stream, blue, nor, for, gray, came, high, streams, shield, wing, their, broad, war, by, rose, then, steel, rolled, echoing, strife, as, along, rolling, foe, i, side, its, atha, rock, strangers, thy, ossian, forth, thou, bright, fame, arms, away, cave, come, voice, night, people, gladness, kings, not, rocks, she, song, spread, let are repeated.

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