AP English Literature and Composition 1.7 Passage Drill 6
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AP English Literature and Composition 1.7 Passage Drill 6. Which of the following best describes the figurative language used in lines 5-6?
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NOT literal... and we need to determine if it's some kind of metaphor, simile or personification.
The lines in question are:
Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen;
Duty, faith, love, are roots, and ever green.
Don't worry... a degree in horticulture is not required to answer this question.
Okay, well... we know that for similes, we either have to have a "like" or an "as" in
If it said "beauty, strength, youth are LIKE flowers..." for example...
But... no "like" or "as" in sight, so we can scratch both answers C and D.
The "personification" option is tempting... since the qualities being assigned to flowers
and roots can also be used to describe people...
But the flowers and roots aren't DOING anything... which is kind of a necessary component of personification.
If the flowers were conducting a business transaction or going sky-diving, it would
be a totally different story. Which leaves us with the two metaphor options,
A and B...
So it's either a metaphor comparing human qualities to different parts of a plant, or
to different shades of green.
We do get a mention of the color green here... but the qualities are being directly compared
to the plant parts...
...so we're going to go with answer A.
Well... that was LITERALLY the most fun we've ever had solving a test question.