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SYNTAX PRACTICE DONNE DEATH - In the fifth line there...

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Scarlett Hood SYNTAX PRACTICE CONSIDER: Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so; For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor Death; nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure, then from thee much more must flow; --John Donne, “Death Be Not Proud” DISCUSS: 1. What is the effect of opening the first sentence (and line) with the imperative mood of the verb to be? By using this as a current tense verb, Donne is describing both death as past and present. Most of the time, one thinks of death as always being an event that has already happened. Here, death has occurred and it will again in the future. 2. In the first clause of the second sentence (lines 5-6), the verb is understood: in the second clause of this sentence, the subject is understood. What verb is omitted? What subject is omitted? What effect does this have on the meaning of the lines?
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Unformatted text preview: In the fifth line, there should a verb describing what the pictures must be. There could be an action verb, such as, missing or darkened, which would describe to the reader more about the picture itself. As for the subject missing, the last line does not describe for the reader what must flow more. By omitting the subject and the verb, Donne is leaving the ending up to the reader’s imagination to figure out the real ending. This way, the reader will use his own background and experience to draw his own conclusion. APPLY: Write a sentence about credit cards which begins with a verb in the imperative mood. Share and discuss the attitude toward credit cards your opening verb reveals. Credit card be always open and flow with ease. The opening line reveals that credit cards should never be rejected. They should have an unlimited balance and never run out of money....
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