AP English Literature and Composition 1.1 Passage Drill 6. Which of the following best explains the relationship between the title and the content of the poem?
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...there must be some other meaning contained in the text.
This question wants to know... what does the title have to do with the rest of the poem?
Is this an ode to Queen Elizabeth?
Nah, can't be an ode. An ode is a poem that praises something, and the overall purpose
of this poem isn't to praise the Queen.
In poetic terms: "'Tis a shout-out, nothing more."
Is the speaker detailing his reasons for living a monastic life?
Well... lines 7 through 14 do mention the monastic, or monk-like, lifestyle...
...but again, it's not the overarching topic of the poem. So choosing "monastic" wouldn't
be fantastic. Is the speaker begging the queen for mercy
after deserting the army?
No, there's no mention of the speaker being a deserter. Although... we do hear he has
trouble turning down an apple tart. Is he explaining his reasons for leaving active service?
There we go. This poem is basically a retirement letter, with the speaker saying, in effect...
that he's getting too old for this <<censored beep>>.
So it's "arms" in military terms, and he's saying "farewell" to it.
Just to have all our bases covered... is the speaker saying farewell to Queen Elizabeth?
No, not to queenie herself... just to his service to her.
So yeah... our answer is D.
Okay, your Royal Highness, time to flush or get off the throne...