AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 4
AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 4. Lines 21-24 imply that what?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Literary Comprehension|
Passage Drill 4
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
Okay, here are the lines in question:
Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu;
And, happy melodist, unwearied, For ever piping songs for ever new...
All right... so we start out talking about tree boughs that never shed leaves... somewhere
where it's always Spring...
Hm... south Florida?
Oh wait... actually, because we're studying scenery on the side of an urn, that would
make sense... the trees painted onto it would never lose their leaves, and the season would
never change... Does that work with the last two lines?
"Happy melodist, unwearied"... okay, so this melodist guy never gets tired, and is
forever playing songs on his pipe...
Either he is really hard up for the cash and can't afford to take breaks...
...or... yeah... he's also frozen in time on the urn.
So it seems these lines are all about how nice and happy and beautiful it is that these
pleasant scenes are forever preserved on the urn...
...and we never have to see the tree lose its leaves, or the melodist... take five.
Looking over our answer choices, C looks like a pretty clear winner here:
"The speaker envies the stillness of time in the urn."
Boom. We're done.
Play us out, melodist...