AP English Literature and Composition 1.2 Passage Drill 6
AP English Literature and Composition 1.2 Passage Drill 6. What can be inferred about the poem's audience?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Imagery and Figurative Language|
Passage Drill 6
|Audience and Author's Purpose||Identifying audience|
|English||Imagery and Figurative Language|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Reading Literature||Analyze a point of view or cultural experience in world literature|
Possibly… but things are complicated because, just beneath the title, it says “To Queen Elizabeth.”
Well, great. Now we feel like maybe we invaded her privacy.
Like we opened her personal mail or something.
So much for our clean criminal record. Looking over the answer choices, it appears
that this question is really testing our understanding of the words “implicit” and “explicit.”
You may have seen the word “explicit” as a warning… like, “explicit material:
must be 18 to view.” And then there’s that really-hard-to-crack safety measure where
they make you enter your birthdate.
Not that… you’ve ever come across such a warning.
Anyway, given the context clues, explicit basically implies something… not censored.
So… open, obvious, in your face…
While implicit is more subtle, implied… Well, the poem comes out and says this poem
is to Queen Elizabeth, so that would be explicit…
…but while he doesn’t mention us by name… in fact, it would be a little spooky if he did…
he implicitly intended for the reading public to see this poem as well.
Which is said quite nicely by option A - Queen Elizabeth is the explicit audience, but the
general public is the implicit audience.
Oh, and… don’t panic if you’re under 18 and forgot to check the box…
this poem is suitable for all ages…