AP English Literature and Composition 1.5 Passage Drill 5
AP English Literature and Composition 1.5 Passage Drill 5. What is the principle effect of the anaphora in lines 10-12?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Passage Drill|
Passage Drill 5
Voice and Tone
|English||Voice and Tone|
|Imagery and Figurative Language||Interpreting meanings and effects of figurative language and imagery|
|Literary||Poetic Structure, Prosody, Graphic Elementss|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
We're picturing some kind of euphoria arising out of a love of anagrams... but something
in our heart tells us that isn't quite right.
If we don't know our terminology, we're going to be in heaps of trouble here.
"Anaphora" is when you've got one or more words being repeated at the beginning of a
couple of successive lines or clauses.
Got it. Okay, now on to lines 10 through 12:
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell, And poppy'or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
Looks like this poem has a case of the "And"s.
Now we can zip through our answer choices and see which one best answers the question...
Are all the "And"s there to create a tone of repetition?
Well... they are repetitive... which is the very definition of anaphora...
...but repetition isn't really a tone. It's more of a device.
If it were a tone, however, then we could probably consider your little brother... tone deaf.
Is it to emphasize that death is rightfully proud for many reasons?
Poison, war and sickness? Seems like a pretty ugly laundry list of items to be "rightfully
proud of". Nah, not this one.
Is it to create a tone of admiration?
For... Death? For reals? The author has clearly not jumped on the Grim Reaper bandwagon.
Which, incidentally, if you ever see it coming, and the driver offers you candy... DON'T GET IN.
It's also not to create a tone of respect, for the very same reason...
...and so we're left with A -- to emphasize that there are many reasons for Death's impotence.
In other words... he's rattling off a list of all the ways Death... blows.
We couldn't agree more. Being alive is the bomb.