Unformatted text preview: Embalm him with ichor of nettle. This is the word of your Queen.” And presently on the scene Appears a solemn mortician; 35 And taking formal position With feelers calmly atwiddle, Seizes the dead by the middle, And heaving him high in air, Carries him out of there. 40 No one stands round to stare. It is nobody else’s affair. It couldn’t be called ungentle. But how thoroughly departmental. 1. Look up these words if you do not know their meanings: a. dormant b. Formic c. Janizary d. commissary e. sepal f. ichor 2. The poem is ostensibly about ants. Is it ultimately about ants? Give reasons to support your view that it is or is not. 3. What is the author’s attitude toward the “departmental” (43) organization of any society? a. How is it indicated? b. Could this poem be described as “gently satiric”? If so, in what sense?...
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