Debating and disarming mao: this text is not a biography of trudeau"s life but his political views and actions throughout his life. The text seems to be answering the question of how trudeau made it clear that he disliked violence (eg. , the vietnam war). He is known and remembered for his rhetoric and way with words. He is also famous for certain words and phrases. (2) the words have been helpful alongside the physical action of violence: extensive argumentation is happening through the trading of short slogans about poetry. The opera"s dialogue is taking a certain form: stichomythia: dialogue in which characters speak alternating, disputative lines of verse. It"s significant because it doesn"t allow much for the trade of arguments: opera does not tolerate long statements but short one-liners. The opera is also using rhymed couplets throughout. Clarke, the author, makes fun of his own usage of inserting the rhymed couplets into the text.