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Analyzing a Poem (Grade 10)

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Analyzing a Poem

1. 
Come Down, O Maid
by Lord Alfred Tennyson

Come down, O maid, from yonder mountain height:
What pleasure lives in height (the shepherd sang),
In height and cold, the splendour of the hills?
But cease to move so near the Heavens, and cease
To glide a sunbeam by the blasted Pine,
To sit a star upon the sparkling spire;
And come, for Love is of the valley, come,
For Love is of the valley, come thou down
And find him; by the happy threshold, he,
Or hand in hand with Plenty in the maize,
Or red with spirted purple of the vats,
Or foxlike in the vine; nor cares to walk
With Death and Morning on the silver horns,
Nor wilt thou snare him in the white ravine,
Nor find him dropt upon the firths of ice,
That huddling slant in furrow-cloven falls
To roll the torrent out of dusky doors:
But follow; let the torrent dance thee down
To find him in the valley; let the wild
Lean-headed Eagles yelp alone, and leave
The monstrous ledges there to slope, and spill
Their thousand wreaths of dangling water-smoke,
That like a broken purpose waste in air:
So waste not thou; but come; for all the vales
Await thee; azure pillars of the hearth
Arise to thee; the children call, and I
Thy shepherd pipe, and sweet is every sound,
Sweeter thy voice, but every sound is sweet;
Myriads of rivulets hurrying thro' the lawn,
The moan of doves in immemorial elms,
And murmuring of innumerable bees.
A. 
Which of these lines from the poem contains an example of onomatopoeia?
  1. "Come down, O maid, from yonder mountain height"
  2. "That like a broken purpose waste in air"
  3. "In height and cold, the splendour of the hills"
  4. "And murmuring of innumerable bees"
B. 
What word from the poem above is an example of onomatopoeia?
  1. yelp
  2. sound
  3. cease
  4. falls
C. 
Which of these lines from the poem contains an example of onomatopoeia?
  1. "With Death and Morning on the silver horns"
  2. "Or foxlike in the vine; nor cares to walk"
  3. "The moan of doves in immemorial elms"
  4. "And find him; by the happy threshold, he"
D. 
What is the speaker asking the maid to do in the poem?



E. 
This poem is part of a larger poem called "The Princess," which Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote to explore the relationship between men and women and also to promote women's rights in education.

How does this poem fit with that agenda?



2. 
The Concord Hymn
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled;
Here once the embattled farmers stood;
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps,
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream that seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We place with joy a votive stone,
That memory may their deeds redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

O Thou who made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raised to them and Thee.
A. 
Which of these lines from the above poem uses hyperbole effectively?
  1. "By the rude bridge that arched the flood"
  2. "Here once the embattled farmers stood"
  3. "Down the dark stream that seaward creeps"
  4. "And fired the shot heard round the world"
B. 
"The Concord Hymn" is a song that is regularly read as a poem. How can you tell this is a song?



C. 
Which key event from American history does the poem focus on?
  1. America's independence from Great Britain
  2. The start of the Civil War
  3. The shot heard round the world
  4. Paul Revere's ride
D. 
What is the focus of stanzas 3 and 4?
  1. Creating a monument to commemorate the occasion
  2. Remembering the sacrifice of those involved
  3. The first shot of the American Revolution
  4. The freedom of all
E. 
When does this poem take place? How do you know?



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