This is an analysis of the poem M'Fingal - Canto I that begins with:

When Yankies, skill'd in martial rule,
First put the British troops to school;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddXeccffgg hhiigg ccddccbbjjddcXaakXiichhcccXcXheg ddjjllfffmfmXgjjggeegggXhhXXggXnii cccXddooaabbbbaanldd ggcchhccooaXppbbccddbbch eeXacciiccppqqnnbbXXggddllhh dXddggccgghhppbbggrr aaoogeXmXXhhaaddrrggbbqXbbaaoo ddhciiccrrbbdhggmmmXhhggqXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,6,32,34,20,24,28,20,30,44,16,12,10,32,6,32,42,10,90,30,14,10,18,14,20,18,14,12,8,26,22,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
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110101010 110010111 01110101 111101010 101101010 101111010 100101010 111101110 111111010 110111010 0100101010 111111110 0101111010 111100110 111101010 10110111 11001111 11110101 10110111 101111101 01001101 11001010010 01111010 11010101 01010101 110111010 111011110 010101110 110110000 01111111 11110101 110111010 110101011 10110001001 101010101 010100101 01110101 1101001110 010011110 001111010 111111110 11011111 010110100 1011100111 1010111010 11011111 11010101 110101110 101101110 11011101 011100001 010010111 11111100 110100101 11110111 10010001 11011101 11010011 010101001 11010101 01110110 101110100110 01001111100 111101010 110101010 111101010 010100010 101111010 111101110 01011110100 110100010 110101101 1111001110 110101010 0101001110 101110101 01010111 11010101 11000101 11010101 111100101 11011101 10110111 110101010 110101110 111111010 110101010 11001101 010111001 111101010 110101001 11011101 11010001 111101010 110111000 1011001001 101110101 01110101 11010101 10110101 11010101 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  • Amount of stanzas: 31
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 847
  • Average number of words per stanza: 148
  • Amount of lines: 740
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, his, as, with, her, in, to, our, or, him, that, more, than, your are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words her, or, and, nor, from, we, the are repeated.

    The author used the same words his, what, so at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines be, 'em, us, him are repeated).

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