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Analyzing Two Poems (Grades 11-12)

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Analyzing Two Poems

1. 
Love has earth to which she clings
With hills and circling arms about—
Wall within wall to shut fear out.
But Thought has need of no such things,
For Thought has a pair of dauntless wings.

On snow and sand and turf, I see
Where Love has left a printed trace
With straining in the world’s embrace.
And such is Love and glad to be.
But Thought has shaken his ankles free.

Thought cleaves the interstellar gloom
And sits in Sirius’ disc all night,
Till day makes him retrace his flight,
With smell of burning on every plume,
Back past the sun to an earthly room.

His gains in heaven are what they are.
Yet some say Love by being thrall
And simply staying possesses all
In several beauty that Thought fares far
To find fused in another star.
A. 
What does the author contrast in this poem?
  1. Heaven and Earth
  2. Love and Thought
  3. Eternity and Reality
  4. Love and Lust
B. 
Based on the poem, thought offers more freedom than love.
  1. True
  2. False
C. 
How does the speaker's view of love shift near the end of the poem?



D. 
The poet portrays thought as...
  1. male
  2. female
  3. no gender
E. 
Robert Frost, the author of the poem, was part of the modernist movement. During the movement many authors rejected traditional thoughts in favor of re-imagining them.
How does Frost's personification of love and thought go against the movement?



2. 
Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
A. 
Which word best describes the speaker's worldview?
  1. Optimistic
  2. Pessimistic
  3. Indifferent
  4. None of the above
B. 
The speaker of the poem isn't really talking about the elements. Instead, the author is using fire and ice to represent what?



C. 
How does the poet use an anaphora in the poem?
  1. By repeating "Some say"
  2. By using alliteration within the lines
  3. By writing in tetrameter-dimeter
  4. By alluding to Dante's Inferno
D. 
Some say Frost wrote the poem to allude to Dante's Inferno and the 9 Circles of Hell. Which aspect of the poem's structure best supports that?



E. 
The poem itself is seen as an aphorism. An aphorism most likely means...
  1. A concise observation about life or a scientific truth
  2. An allusion to a literary work
  3. A comparison between two unlike objects
  4. The personification of inanimate objects and ideas
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