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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does the poem's first (or only) speaker have power in A Bruised Reed Shall He Not Break?
2. How many speakers are there in A Bruised Reed Shall He Not Break?
3. Into which color do all colors turn in Sweet Death?
4. Which of the following did the passing of "it" NOT leave the speaker of May?
5. Between what are the poppies to be born in May?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Many of the poems in this collection are in the traditional Italian sonnet form. This includes A Triad, Remember, After Death, The One Certainty, and The World. Using either a few, or all, of these sonnets, compose an analytical essay which demonstrates how the Italian sonnet form conveys its significance through exposition in the octave and explication or resolution in the sestet. How do the two parts interact with one another? What does the commentary or resolution in the sestet achieve? What opportunities of conveying significance does the form of the sonnet allow? What is the significance of some of the sonnets in the collection?
Essay Topic 2
A constant theme in Rossetti's poetry is the struggle of a speaker against despair. Compose an analytical essay which examines this theme overall. How is it portrayed in individual poems? How is it portrayed overall? What shapes does the struggle take? What prompts the feelings of despair? In what ways, if any, is the despair overcome? With what does the speaker struggle against despair; in other words, how does she try to conquer it? Give specific examples.
Essay Topic 3
Many of Rossetti's poems provide commentary on the uncertainty and the possibilities of life after death. Perusing the collection, compose an analytical essay which looks at the portrayals of life after death in-depth. In what ways is the uncertainty of life after death portrayed? Does it seem certain that there is life after death? What would indicate that there is? What would indicate that there is not? What do the poems indicate about speculating on life-after-death's existence? What do the poems seem to argue should be the disposition of someone towards life after death?
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