How many words are in the complete poem Marmion?

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Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field is an 1808 epic, historical romance poem written by Scottish novelist, poet, playwright, and historian Sir Walter Scott. It tells the story of Lord Marmion—a sixteenth-century noble who falls in lust with a rich young woman named Clara de Clare. The poem received a lot of commercial success; however, it did not gain critical acclaim. As far as its form is concerned, the poem is written in iambic pentameter and iambic tetrameter and follows various rhyme schemes, such as alternate rhyme (ABAB) and enclosed rhyme (ABBA). Marmion is a narrative poem which consists of six cantos, six introductions to cantos, and a short envoy addressed to the reader.

  • Introduction to Canto First (to William Stewart Rose, Esq): 2044 words
  • Canto First—The Castle: 3405 words
  • Introduction to Canto Second (to the Rev. John Marriott, A.M.): 1709 words
  • Canto Second—The Convent: 3928 words
  • Introduction to Canto Third (to William Erskine, Esq.): 1519 words
  • Canto Third—The Inn: 3789 words
  • Introduction to Canto Forth (to James Skene, Esq.): 1368 words
  • Canto Forth—The Camp: 4199 words
  • Introduction to Canto Fifth (to George Ellis, Esq.): 1141 words
  • Canto Fifth—The Court: 6434 words
  • Introduction to Canto Six (to Richard Heber, Esq.): 1464 words
  • Canto Six—The Battle: 7245 words
  • L'Envoy (to the reader): 133 words

In conclusion, Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field has 38,378 words in total, excluding the cantos' titles.

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