AP Literature Interim 1 ANSWERS

AP Literature Interim 1 ANSWERS - AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND...

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AP E NGLISH L ITERATURE AND C OMPOSITION I NTERIM 1 1. In the two poems below, Keats and Longfellow reflect on similar concerns. Read the poems carefully. Then write an essay in which you compare and contrast the two poems, analyzing the poetic techniques each writer uses to explore his particular situation. When I Have Fears When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain, Before high-piled books, in charactery, Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain; When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face, Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance, And think that I may never live to trace Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance; And when I feel, fair creature of an hour, That I shall never look upon thee more, Never have relish in the faery power Of unreflecting love;—then on the shore Of the wide world I stand alone, and think Til love and fame to nothingness do sink. 1818 --John Keats (1795 – 1821) Mezzo Cammin 1 Written at Boppard on the Rhine August 25, 1842, Just Before Leaving for Home Half of my life is gone, and I have let The years slip from me and have not fulfilled The aspiration of my youth, to build Some tower of song with lofty parapet. Not indolence, nor pleasure, nor the fret Of restless passions that would not be stilled But sorrow, and a care that almost killed, Kept me from what I may accomplish yet; Though, half-way up the hill, I see the Past Lying beneath me with its sounds and sights,- A city in the twilight dim and vast, With smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights,- And hear above me on the autumnal blast The cataract 2 of Death far thundering from the heights. 1842 --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882) 1 The title is from the first lines of Dante’s Divine Comedy : “Nel mezzo del cammin de nostra vita” (“Midway upon the journey of our life.”) 2 A large waterfall Maya Angelou PCS/DCPS Partnership High School _______________________________________________________________ 1 (5) (10) (5) (10)
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AP E NGLISH L ITERATURE AND C OMPOSITION I NTERIM 1 Read the following passage carefully before you choose your answers [Enter VOLPONE and MOSCA] VOLPONE: Good morning to the day; and next, my gold. Open the shrine that I may see my saint. Hail the world’s soul, and mine. More glad than is The teaming earth to see the longed for sun Peep through the horns of the celestial Ram, Am I, to view thy splendor darkening his; That, lying here, amongst my other hoards, Showest like a flame by night, or like the day Struck out of chaos when all darkness fled Unto the center. O thou son of Sol* But brighter than thy father, let me kiss, With adoration, thee, and every relic Of sacred treasure in this blessèd room. Well did wise poets, by thy glorious name,
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