AP English Language and Composition 6.4 Passage Drill. The author closely associates "dictation" with what?
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And here we go. Lines 21 through 24 imply that...
And here are the potential answers.
All right. Pause waiver thingy. Yeah, you gotta read it.
We gotta give it.
Once again, we're being asked to zero in on a few particular lines
and try to decipher their meaning.
We'll have to get deep inside the writer's head.
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Okay, here are the lines in question. Ready?
"Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed
Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu;
And, happy melodist, unwearied
For ever piping songs for ever new..."
All right. So we start out talking about tree boughs that
never shed leaves.
Uh... Somewhere where it's always spring.
Well, how about South Florida?
Oh, wait. Actually, because we're studying scenery on the side
of an urn, that would make sense.
The trees painted onto it would never lose their leaves
and the season would never change.
Does that work with the last two lines?
"...happy melodist, unwearied"?
Huh. Okay, so this melodist guy never gets tired,
and is forever playing songs on his pipe.
Either he is really hard up for the cash and can't afford
to take breaks, or, yeah, he's also frozen in time
on the urn.
So it seems these lines are all about how nice and happy and beautiful it is
that these pleasant scenes are forever preserved on the urn.
We never have to see the tree lose its leaves
or the melodist, you know, take five.
Looking over our answer choices, C looks like a pretty clear winner here.
The speaker envies the stillness of time in the urn.
So, boom, we're done.
Play us out, melodist.
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