Language Arts (3 questions)

posted by Gourami

Question #1: Which characteristics make "The Rider" a lyric poem?

a. It uses musical language and expresses feelings
b. It tells a story about a historical event
c. It rhymes and has a regular rhythm
d. It uses repetition and describes a natural event

According to what I have studied a lyric poem expresses the poet’s thoughts and feelings about a single image or idea in vivid, musical language. A lyric poem is like a song lyric.

I think that answer "b" is incorrect because the poem is not describing a historical event. I think the answer is "a".

The poem that the question is asking about can be found below:

The Rider

"A boy told me
if he rollerskated fast enough
his loneliness couldn't catch up to him.

the best reason I ever heard
for trying to be a champion

What I wonder tonight
pedaling hard down on King William Street
is if it translates to bicycles

A victory! To leave your loneliness
panting behing you on some street corner
while you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas,
luminous pink pedals that have
never felt loneliness,
no matter how slowly they fell."

Question #2: When the speaker in "Winter" says, "I collect books / For the coming winter,", what is her attitude toward the coming colde weather?

a. positive
b. uninterested
c. fearful
d. angry

I think the answer is "a" becaue it's collecting books for the winter and because it doesn't says that it's sad.

The complete poem is below:

"Frogs burrow the mud snails bury themselves
and I air my quilts
preparing for the cold

Dogs grow more hair
mothers make oatmeal
and little boys and girls
take Father John's Medicine

Bears store fat
chipmunks gather nuts
and I collect books
For the coming winter"

Question #3: A concrete poem, such as "Seal,"

a. has few or no figures of speech
b. contain a single image or idea and musical language
c. has a shape that suggests its subject
d. is a traditional form of Japanese poetry

According to what I have studied in a concrete poem, the poet arranges the letters and lines to create a visual image that suggests the poem’s subject. In a concrete poem, you can see the structure just like you can see concrete blocks in a wall. So I think the answer is "c".

Here's the complete poem.

See how he dives
From the rocks with a zoom!
See how he darts
Through his watery room
Past crabs and eels
And green seaweed,
Past fluffs of sandy
Minnow feed!
See how he swims
With a swerve and a twist,
A flip of the flipper,
A flick of the wrist!
Quicksilver-quick,
Softer than spray,
Down he plunges
And sweeps away;
Before you can think,
Before you can utter
Words like “Dill pickle”
Or “Apple butter,”
Back up he swims
Past Sting Ray and Shark,
Out with a zoom,
A whoop, a bark;
Before you can say
Whatever you wish,
He plops at your side
With a mouthful of fish!

Thank You
-Gourami

  1. Reed

    You are, again, correct on all three! Good work again!

  2. Gourami

    Thanks Reed for your help. :-)
    😀

  3. Reed

    You're quite welcome.

  4. Ganni

    1.A
    2.A
    3.C

  5. kakashi hatake

    these are wrong

  6. margo

    1. a. it uses musical language and expresses feelings.
    2. a. positive
    3. c. has a shape that suggests its subject.
    4. c. gives off light.
    5. a. Through the glass bottom of the boat, we could see hundred of minnows swimming together.
    Got a 100

  7. Mags

    Margo is 100% correct.

  8. Boop

    Margo is correct 100%

  9. kaliyah

    A
    A
    C
    C
    A
    100% I just took it

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