by James Wright
A Blessing: Spring Fever Quiz
Think you’ve got your head wrapped around A Blessing? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. The phrase "munching the young tufts of spring" (14) illustrates the use of which poetic device?
Q. In line 9, the poet emphasizes the ponies' eagerness to greet the visitors by
alternating stressed and unstressed syllables in the line.
structuring the line as a run-on sentence.
including high-level vocabulary.
rolling out a red carpet.
Q. Which image in the poem most clearly symbolizes romantic love?
the pony's wild mane
eyes that are dark with kindness
a dozen long-stemmed red roses
Q. Which excerpt best illustrates the poet's use of tactile imagery?
"She is black and white,"
"And nuzzled my left hand"
"They have come gladly out of the willows"
"The thumbtacks blew out the tires of Wiley Coyote's car."
Q. Which line displays the poet's use of both alliteration and assonance?
"Where they have been grazing all day, alone."
"We step over the barbed wire into the pasture"
"And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear"
"Ass is the correct term for the animal known as the donkey or burro."