This is an analysis of the poem The Passing Of Cadieux that begins with:

THAT man is brave who at the nod of fate
Will lay his life a willing offering down, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdbefgahhihcjkfl mhhlenmnacno gkhhejgocccii hfhf bfbf XchX aaaacjjoXblXX kkebhjjbo jjhXicoX aab okjhXjcl dcaa hbh fdf ahX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,12,13,4,4,4,13,9,8,3,8,4,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101110101 01010101001 1111111101 1101010101 1001010100 1101110101 10010100001 1001010101 1111110101 11001011110 1100011101 01001100101 1101010111 1101010111 0101110110 1011010101 1101110101 100101 00100 0111011111 0100110101 1101010111 1101011101 0101110111 11110100100 1101011011 11010101001 0101011101 11001010101 1111 1010011 1111110101 0101010101 1111110111 0100110111 1101010101 1001111111 100110101 1111010101 1111011101 010100100111 1110010101 1101010110 10101 1001010 10101 101010 10101 101010 10101 101110 10110 111010 11111 011100 1101010101 1011010111 1111010110 10110110101 01100101101 0101110111 10110110001 1100110101 111100101 1011110101 1101010111 0101010000 001111 1111 1101011001 0101100101 1101010011 1111010101 1111010101 1110010111 1001010101 10010100 11 10011010111 0001011101 10111111110110 1101010111 1111010101 1101011100 101111 1111 1110101001 1001101 1111 0101010101 0101110101 0111111111 01001111110 1101110101 1101100101 0101011101 1101010101 01000110011 1110010101 0111010101 1011011111 1111010111 1111010101 1011111101 1111011101 1001011101 1111011101 1101011100 1111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 290
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 109
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; it, of, so, and, ', 'lo, to, upon, i, sing are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words dead, a, and, the, to are repeated.

    The author used the same word 'sweet 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 go is repeated).

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  • summary of The Passing Of Cadieux;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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