Tone in On Monsieur's Departure

Tone Examples in On Monsieur's Departure:

On Monsieur's Departure 1

"Follows me flying..."   (On Monsieur's Departure)

The queen employs a deft metrical trick here, straying from the typical iambic pentameter. This line opens with a dactyl, a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. The rest of the line is composed of trochees, which are the opposite of iambs. The result is a line with a feverish pace, an urgent chase-like tone that fits the subject matter.