AP English Literature and Composition 1.7 Passage Drill 5. Which line indicates the turn or shift in this poem?
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|AP English Literature and Composition||Form and Structure|
Passage Drill 5
|Audience and Author's Purpose||Identifying effect of various authorial choices|
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|Reading||Form and Structure|
|Reading Literature||Analyze how author’s choices in structure create mystery, suspense, or surprise|
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So... let's M. Night Shyamalan this baby and see what we get...
We're looking for the line -- it's a sonnet, so we've got a 1 in 14 shot -- where a shift takes place.
Well, the author starts out by basically saying that Death... isn't such a tough guy.
He says that others may call him "mighty and dreadful," but our hero feels he's... really
just a dreadful excuse for a villain.
So... where does the tone change?
The author never goes back on his word and decides that yes, in fact, Death IS a terrifying dude...
...nor does he change the subject and start talking about the weather, or say, "How 'bout them Knicks!?"
So it's a subtle change... but there is indeed a change.
At one point in the poem, the author goes from slinging insults... to backing 'em up.
Instead of just saying that Death isn't so scary, he starts explaining why.
"Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings and desperate men," says the poem.
And this is where we get our shift. Now we know why Death shouldn't keep us up at night...
because he's a slave to fate.
In terms Breaking Bad aficionados will understand, he's not really... the one who knocks.
So line 9 is the one we're looking for...
...which means that C is our answer.
If you'll excuse us, it sounds like there's someone at the door. Probably just a vacuum
cleaner salesman or something...