Analysis of Aikendrum
James Hogg 1770 (Ettrick, Scotland) – 1835 (Ettrick, Scotland)
Ken ye how a Whig can fight, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Ken ye how a Whig can fight, Aikendrum
He can fight the hero bright, with his heels and armour tight
And the wind of heavenly night, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Is not Rowley in the right, Aikendrum!
Did ye hear of Sunderland, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Did ye hear of Sunderland, Aikendrum
That man of high command, who has sworn to clear the land
He has vanished from our strand, Aikendrum, Aikendrum,
Or the eel has ta'en the sand, Aikendrum.
Donald's running 'round and 'round, Aikendrum, Aikendrum,
Donald's running 'round and 'round, Aikendrum
But the Chief cannot be found, and the Dutchmen they are drowned
And King Jaime he is crowned, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
But the dogs will get a stound, Aikendrum.
We have heard of Whigs galore, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
We have heard of Whigs galore, Aikendrum
But we've sought the country o'er, with cannon and claymore,
And still they are before, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
We may seek forevermore, Aikendrum!
Ken ye how to gain a Whig, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Ken ye how to gain a Whig, Aikendrum
Look Jolly, blythe and big, take his ain blest side and prig,
And the poor, worm-eaten Whig, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
For opposition's sake you will win!
|Scheme||AAXA A AAXAA AAXAA AAXAA AAXAX|
|Metre||111011111 11101111 11101011110101 0011100111 11100011 111110011 11111001 1111011111101 1110110111 101111011 101010111 10101011 1011011001111 011011111 10111011 111110111 11111011 1110101011001 01110111 11111 111110111 11111011 1101011111101 001110111 10101111|
|Closest metre||Iambic heptameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 1, 5, 5, 5, 5|
|Letters per line (avg)||38|
|Words per line (avg)||8|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||160|
|Words per stanza (avg)||34|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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