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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In the second stanza of The First Spring Day, the speaker says she wonders if this spring-tide will literally bring another what?
2. Into which color do all colors turn in Sweet Death?
3. What does the poem's first (or only) speaker guide towards himself in A Bruised Reed Shall He Not Break?
4. How many Johns would the speaker of No Thank You, John rather say "no" to than say yes to her auditor?
5. The fourth stanza of Sister Maude says that the speaker's father may rest where?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A common narrative motif throughout this collection of poetry is the allegorical story. The two most eminent allegories in the story are An Apple Gathering and Goblin Market, but there are other stories which carry elements of allegory, such as Up-Hill or any of the poems involving Spring. Compose on analytical essay on the motif of allegory using the poems of Christina Rossetti to explicate. What defines allegory? How do the allegorical poems of Christina Rossetti differ from her non-allegorical poems? How does allegory achieve its non-literal signification? What are some specific examples, from Rossetti's poems, of allegory's means to achieving its non-literal signification?
Essay Topic 2
In A Bruised Reed Shall He Not Break, a poetic motif of one part changing the significance of the poem as a whole was unveiled. Where A Bruised Reed Shall He Not Break performs this change on a single word, deprecate, this poetic transformation can be seen in other poems as well, such as the final stanza in Cousin Kate, the last line in Spring, the sestet of any sonnet, and the last line of the second poem entitled Song. Choose a few poems that employ this motif and explicate in a carefully developed essay how they influence the reading of poetry. What do these poems demonstrate about poetry? What relation does the part have to the whole? What relation does the whole have to the part? How do the two effect one another? What do these effects reveal about the reading of poetry?
Essay Topic 3
Oftentimes the exact meaning of a poem can be difficult to discern by simply reading what is present on the page; the literal text demands that the reader make an inference based on what is written, without explicitly making it clear. This is perhaps most evident in The One Certainty, but can also be seen in Sweet Death, Dream Land and many others. Using examples from Rossetti's poetry, write an analytical essay on the process of valid inference of meaning from a poem in which the literal meaning obscures the deeper significance. What are some examples of this inference? How is this inference made? What validates such inference? What are the difficulties of making such an inference? How should such an inference be portrayed?
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