LA10 Poetry Test Review Answers

Literary Term Identification

(NOTE: This section was a little trickier on the review than it will be on the test because I lumped all the terms together. For example, several things could have correctly been labeled “imagery” AND another technique, like “simile.” On the test, I will have only 5 terms per section. So I would separate “imagery” from figurative language techniques to eliminate confusion. For the answers below, I picked THE MOST SPECIFIC  technique over other more general, but possible, answers.)

1. metaphor
2. imagery
3. personification
4. simile
5. alliteration
6. metaphor (or personification)
7. metaphor
8. allusion
9. rhyme (perfect)
10. sonnet

Unpacking Metaphors

(NOTE: I’ve included a brief explanation with some answers since this is likely the most challenging part.)

1. C – Most specific answer. While the word “muzzle” may lead some to believe the animal is a dog or something non-specific, other clues clearly point to cat behavior (i.e. “rubs its back,” “sudden leap,” “slipped,” “curled once about the house”). And while smoke is mentioned in the second line, the context of the rest of lines clearly indicates the writer is actually talking about fog, as mentioned in the first line.
2. A
3. B – You  may have had to look up “languorous” (and I will try not to include words you wouldn’t likely know on the quiz) but it was the most accurate word I could think of. It’s a little like lazy, but more just lacking energy–like a pet cat. In any event, none of the other options make sense.
4. B – While the evening may not necessarily be a room, it is certainly something that has a “corner” that the fog can “[lick] its tongue” into. Since the only other corner-possessing option available is C, and since the fog is part of the main metaphor, not the secondary one (the secondary one being specifically the words “corners of the evening”), B is the only good option.
5. A – The connotation to think about is the room/box image suggested by “corners.” Choice B doesn’t work because, while the fog may be damp, THIS metaphor is comparing the evening to something boxed/with corners. Choice C doesn’t work because the imagery is not threatening in any way, especially the few words that constitute this metaphor. Choice D doesn’t work because the whole tongue imagery belongs with the main metaphor, not the secondary metaphor, and, besides, not everything that can be tasted is delicious. So, the image of a box or a room MOST ACCURATELY suggests something confining, which is choice A.

Poem Analysis

1. D – There is no perfect rhyme in the last two lines. (Metaphor = “orchard for a dome,” Personification = “Bobolink for a Chorister,” Assonance = repetition of “o” sound in primary words.
2. C – a bobolink is a little bird. The “sexton” is both “little” and singing (you know, like a “chorister”–someone in a choir.)
3. D – Alliteration = repetition of beginning “s” sound at the beginning of words in the first line AND “wear my wings”; Consonance = repetition of “s” sound   middle/end of words in first two lines; Metaphor = “I just wear my wings” is not literal, suggests a comparison to an angel.
4. D – While the other choices are all PARTS of the extended metaphor, the overall metaphor is best expressed by choice D.
5. A – “Light-hearted” because this is a poem with happy/positive imagery–birds, singing, short sermons :). “Sincere” because, while it has happy/positive imagery, it still makes a serious point that God can be found in nature and not just in churches.

Good luck with studying! See you on the exam day!

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