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First Fig

First Fig


by Edna St. Vincent Millay

First Fig: Short Things Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around First Fig? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. How does the broken meter of the first line interact with the rest of the poem?

It's so subtle that you don't notice it.
It unsettles the reader from the first line.
It messes up the rhyme scheme.
It makes the poem unlucky, because seven is an unlucky number.
Q. How many lines does the poem have?

Q. How long will the candle burn?

Who knows? Candles are hard to measure. That's why we invented electricity.
until daybreak
until 7 p.m.
not until daybreak
Q. Why are impermanent things exciting?

They mimic life's impermanence.
They take forever.
We can always count on them.
They tend to explode.
Q. What is the rhyme scheme?

no time to rhyme!