But the nob (anapest)/lest thing/ that per/ished there
Was that/ young, faith/ful hear!
Felicia Hemans’ “Casabianca”, is written in Iambic tetrameter/trimeter with substitutions. It is written in A/B/A/B rhyme scheme with “A”= tetrameter and “B”= trimeter throughout the entire poem (as you can see by the feet I have added).
The foot note on page 566 doesn’t leave much room for mistaken interpretation. Casbianca is a tale of courage and loyalty I would say. A young boy, thirteen years of age, remains at his post on a ship that is taken by siege. He refuses to leave his father side, through flames and gunfire. This act of love and respect towards his father ultimately leads to his death.
I personally loved that the poem was written in such a repetitive rhyme scheme and meter; not only this poem, but most poems. I feel that it is not only more fun and intriguing to read, but somehow, it seems easier to understand, or to predict what is coming next.