AP English Literature and Composition 1.3 Passage Drill 5
AP English Literature and Composition 1.3 Passage Drill 5. This form of address is most commonly referred to as a what?
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Passage Drill 5
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|Imagery and Figurative Language||Identifying uses of figurative language|
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It's not like the speaker is talking to himself. Although... with all this talk of Death, it's
likely he doesn't have many friends...
But this question wants to know what form of address this poem is written in.
So... it's mainly a vocab question. Let's see if we can narrow things down by eliminating
some of the decoys...
D is probably the easiest choice to cut, because dialogue implies that two or more people are conversing...
...and in this case, we only have one morbid gentleman communicating all by his lonesome.
Asides are uber-short statements, not 14-liners... and they are reserved more for plays than for poems...
...so it's not an aside either.
It can't be an apostrophe, because that's a punctuation mark, not a...
...hold on a second.
What if -- bear with us for a sec here -- the word "apostrophe" has a... second meaning?
In fact... it does. Which is a fact you would only know if you had studied your poetry terminology.
So... hopefully you have.
In poetry, "apostrophe" can also refer to lines that are being delivered to an abstract
thing, rather than to an actual person or living audience.
Which... is precisely what we have here.
The author is speaking to Death -- probably because he's such a good listener.
It's not a soliloquy, because it's not a long speech directed at the audience...
...and monologue doesn't work, because it's not a speech delivered in a play to another character.
So yeah -- believe it or not, B -- apostrophe -- is the correct answer.
Tell all your friends...