This is an analysis of the poem The Battle Of Lora that begins with:

ARGUMENT
Fingal, at his return from Ireland, after he had expelled Swaran from that kingdom, made a feast to all his heroes: he forgot to invite... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X X a b X X c c X X X a X X X b a X X X 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,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100 10100101001011011001101010101010100111011011111001010010101010001111001001010010010100001100010010010111011010010110010010100101011110010010101010101010101011000101011101011010101011010101101110001101001010101001010010010010100101 1001011100010111101011100110101011011111010111101011101000111010011111101111101110101101011101001110111 0101110111010101111010010101111101111011111101001001101000110101011101010101100110111001011010101111011101001011001011101011010010010010111110101011101101010010101001101100101 01010011101010111111001010011010101001001010011011110100101001011111111101001001011000111101011011111101001101110101010101111110111001011110011010111000110100101 101110111010000100111111010100101110110111110101111010101101010010001110010111001110001001010 1111110111010010111010101010101100101001011101110110011101111101000111110001 10010010110101001010101000101010100101110101001111111101010111010001111101010101010111110101101001111101011100101101110010010101110101010010101 100001010011010011010110010101011010111000111010101011000101101011010101111011110111000101110101011000101010101011110010101111101001111011001110110100110111011010101111110110101101010101001011101111101010011110101010100 01010011001011010111100010101010101010010110010101101001001010010101010110100100100101101100101110001001111010100100111011010101010 1001100110101010100100110111110110001010110101010101000111101011101111100101000110101111001110111001010101010100100101001010101010011010101101110001010101010010111110101110010 11001010010101001001111010010011100101010101010010110010001010101010100111100010101010101 100010100010101010100101010101011010101100101111111010101110101001011010001010100010101010101010100111010101010110010111001010010100100101111001110101001101011111001001110010100100101100111101011111001101101101111010100101011010010101010 10101000101101110101110101011111011101111010010010101111010100111111010100100110100110101010011010010101101011010010010100111111010101101001010 110101010110011111001001110111101010100111001010110111101001010100111101001010011001001101101011111010100110111001 111010101001011011011010110010011001011101111101010110101111101011100101011101011100101110010110101011101010101011110011010111110011010101111010111010101101000110110101 010101101011010110101001110111010111001011110010111110101001100010110100110011010010101010101110101101 10100110100101101010010011010101001001011010000101010001001001001001011101100110111010110101010011000110100111110111011010110111101010110101001010101100101010110010110111011011010010010101110100110010101100100101100010010101010011101101100101001010100101010110101111100111010111100001110101010111010101000101011101101110011001111010111100010 101010111101001010111110101010100110101100101110001101010110111111011100101010111101011011111000 01110101110001011100101110001110010110111011011011111010100101000111100100111101010100011111011110101101101100101000110110110100101011011010001111011100101110010110011110101110010110110101001101101001 111101001111110110111111011001110110001100100111100101001001010111001101101001 100101110001011101011101011111110101110101011010111110110110011111101010101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 610
  • Average number of words per stanza: 114
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 584 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 109
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, in, and, to, his, with, thou, him, fingal, erragon, he, who, by, son, thy, had, but, aldo, our, their, they, on, from, feast, king, red, rocks, forgot, sora, dark, us, let, two, hill, her, my, when, hall, come, sora's, feeble, nartmor, said, i, she, came, not, morven, like, halls, hundred, heroes, distant, that, be, selma's, never, at, we, sat, stranger, battle, song, o, steps, mighty, war, it, swords, sons, lorma, cona, foe, gloomy, appeared are repeated.

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

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

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