AP English Literature and Composition 1.1 Passage Drill 5
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AP English Literature and Composition 1.1 Passage Drill 5. The verse form of this poem is a what?
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Passage Drill 5
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...we just have to know our different types of poetry, and correctly determine which category this one falls into.
Is it an ode?
No. You'd know if you were reading an ode because your eyelids would be getting droopy,
you'd have taken a half dozen bathroom breaks, and there'd be a new President.
In other words... they're long. This is just a shorty, so... can't be an ode.
Looks a little like "eulogy"... and is closely related.
Elegies express grief. At first glance, with words like death, poison and sickness jumping
out at us...
...elegy doesn't seem like such a bad choice.
But check out that last line:
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
Despite the morbid subject matter, this poem is actually ends on a hopeful and positive note.
Let's see if there's a better option...
C -- a villanelle?
If we know our terms, this one's easy to nix -- villanelle's HAVE to be 19 lines, by definition.
D -- a sonnet?
Bingo. The 14 lines should have been a dead giveaway.
And just to clear the bases... it's not an epic because epics... are even longer than odes.
We're talking 3 to 4 presidential terms before you get through one of those beasts...