This is an analysis of the poem The Rebel Scot that begins with:

How, Providence? and yet a Scottish crew?
Then Madam Nature wears black patches too!... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXcddeeffggaagghhiiebXgggjjhhkkee hhhhhhggeebbbbddbbggllgXggllfmfmiXddnnddgggg bbeegg ccd llbb iillee bbkkggeeaahhbbXbcchhbebebb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 36,44,6,3,4,6,26,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1100110101 1101011101 1111000101 1001110101 10110111110 1101000101 1111010101 1101010101 1101010101 0101010101 1101000101 0110010011 1111011111 0101011101 0111011111 0101110101 0101011101 1001010101 11011011001 110111010 1111010101 110100101 1001010111 1111100101 0101110001 1111010101 111001101 1101111111 1111000111 01010011101 1111011111 1101111111 1101000101 0101110111 1111111111 0101010101 111100101010 10110101110 1111010001 1110101101 0111010111 0101001101 0101010101 1111100011 0101101101 1001010101 1001110101 1011010100 0111010101 11010111011 1111110101 10011110111 1001010111 1001111101 1001010101 1110111111 1111010101 1001100101 1001010001 1111011100 0111110101 1111010100 1101111101 1111010111 1111110101 1001010100 1111110101 0111100100 11000011101 1001010000 1111010101 1001110101 0011000101 1100110101 0101010101 0111010011 1011011101 1101011111 100111111 1101110111 1101101101 0101010101 1101010111 1011000101 1101110001 1011100111 10110111101 0101001101 1000110101 1111011111 0101011101 1011011111 1100110101 1010111101 101100101 1101011110 0100010100 1101010101 1101010101 1101010101 1011011110 1101110111 0101110111 0101110101 1111010100 1111011101 0111010101 1101101101 1001010111 1111010111 110101010 1100010101 1001010001 10001100010 01010110101 0100110001 011111001 1111110110 1101011101 1111010101 1101011111 1100110101 1111011100 0110010111 1001110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 771
  • Average number of words per stanza: 139
  • Amount of lines: 125
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, that, and, as, in, their, you, he are repeated.

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

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