AP English Literature and Composition 1.1 Passage Drill 4
AP English Literature and Composition 1.1 Passage Drill 4. Which of the following is not true of the structure of this poem?
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But we’re not afraid. We can Stanza and Deliver.
One of the major clues in this question is that it asks us about the structure of the poem.
Not the structure of a piece of the poem, or a technique used on this or that line…
but of the whole shebang.
So… the answer choice we’re looking for is probably going to be something pretty broad
and all-encompassing. For example, A and C both mention something
that the poem “contains.”
Well… aside from the fact that there is an enjambment between lines 6 and 7… or
a continuation of a clause from one line to the next without punctuated pause…
…and a caesura in line 12… or a break between words within a metrical foot…
…we can be pretty sure that neither of these are the correct answer even if we didn’t
know what they mean.
The phrasing of the question clues us in to the fact that we’re looking for something bigger…
B fits the description… but it happens to be true.
A stanza is just a paragraph in a poem, and there are indeed 5 of them. So scratch this one.
D is also true, as there are 10 syllables in every line, and it follows
the rhythm scheme associated with iambic pentameter.
The only one that’s bogus is option E – It follows an ABBA rhyme scheme.
A quick glance at the end of the first few lines shows us that this ain’t the case…
so E is our answer.
Now we’ll play you out with a little ABBA rhyme scheme that’s one of our personal favorites…