Answers: Dunbar & Robinson Worksheet

“Miniver Cheevy”: 32 lines / 8 stanzas / abab …

“Richard Cory”: 16 lines / 4 stanzas / abab …

“We Wear the Mask”: 15 lines / 3 stanzas / aabba, abaR, aabbaR (R=rentrement, or refrain)

“Sympathy”: 21 lines / 3 stanzas / abaabcc, …

II. Classify the pairs of words below as (a) full or regular rhyme (b) double rhyme or (c) half rhyme

1. labors  / neighbors | ˈleɪ.bərz / ˈneɪ.bərz |[Double rhyme]
2. not / Camelot | ˈnɑːt / ˈkæ.mə.ˌlɑːt | [full rhyme, regular rhyme]
3. arrayed / said | ə.ˈreɪd / ˈsed |[half-rhyme]
4. eyes / subtleties | ˈaɪz / ˈsʌ.təl.tiz | [half-rhyme]
5. without it / about it | ˌwɪ.ˈθaʊt ˈɪt / ə.ˈbaʊt ˈɪt | [double rhyme]

III. Identify the following figures of speech as (a) metaphor (b) simile (c) metonymy (d) synecdoche (e) personification (f) apostrophe (g) hyperbole

1. “O great Christ, our cries / To thee from tortured souls arise.” [apostrophe]

2. “the river flows like a stream of glass” [simile]

3. “And went without the meat, and cursed the bread” [metonymy: meat = “rich life” bread = “poor life”]

4. “And Richard Cory, one calm summer night, / Went home and put a bullet through his head.” [synechdoche]

5. “Why should the world be over-wise, / In counting all our tears and sighs?” [metonymy]

6. “He mourned Romance, now on the town, / And Art, a vagrant.” [personification]

7. “And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—” [hyperbole]

8. “He was a gentleman from sole to crown” [synechdoche]

IV. Circle the lines that contain alliteration.

0 – 1. “Miniver mourned the ripe renown”

0 – 2. “Miniver cursed the commonplace”

X – 3. “He was a gentleman from sole to crown”

0 – 4. “When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass”

0 – 5. “With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, / And mouth with myriad subtleties.”

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