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Question 10 of 23

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Read the following poem carefully before you choose your answers.


     Against that time (if ever that time come)

When I shall see thee frown on my defects,

When as thy love hath cast his utmost sum,

Called to that audit by advised respects—

Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass,

And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye,

When love, converted from the thing it was,

Shall reasons find of settled gravity

Against that time do I ensconce me here

Within the knowledge of mine own desert,

And this my hand against myself uprear,

To guard the lawful reasons on thy part.

To leave poor me thou has the strength of laws,

Since why to love I can allege no cause.


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Which of the following best describes the language of the poem?

Concrete and matter-of-fact

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Euphemistic and prosaic

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Metaphoric and logical

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Informal and conversational

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Ironic and amused

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Choice C is correct. The speaker makes his points through devices like personification ("thy love hath cast" in line 3), metaphorical comparisons ("that sun, thine eye" in line 6), and abstractions ("lawful reasons" in line 12). The repetition of "Against that time" also organizes the poem by lending it the systematic structure of a logical argument.

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