Poetry Comprehension 5

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Breathe

by Sherice Blair
No one tells you to breathe 
when you are standing on the edge
of a precipice frozen like stone
looking into the abyss of pain.
 
No one tells you to breathe
when you are on the stage
holding a crown with a concrete smile
plastered on your face,
fighting to keep it all together. 
 
No one tells you to breathe
when the world is falling apart.
The deafening silence seems to speak volumes
about pathways not taken. Life not lived.
The doors left closed. The doors remain unentered.
 
No one tells you to breathe
as the sun sets on your last sunrise, 
darkness forever,
the cold wind whispers your name.
No one tells you to breathe
  1. Which of the following is a theme found in the poem?
      • a) Desperation
      • b) Death
      • c) Imagery
      • d) Rebirth
    1. What is meant by ‘as the sun sets on your last sunrise?
      • a) The last time the sun sets
      • b) The end of life
      • c) The sun no longer shines
      • d) The sun is setting forever
    2.  Identify the following device ‘a precipice frozen like stone’
      • a) Personification
      • b) Metaphor
      • c) Simile
      • d) Repetition
    3.  Identify the following device ‘No one tells you to breathe’
      • a)Personification
      • b) Metaphor
      • c) Simile
      • d)Repetition
    4. Identify the following device ‘the cold wind whispers your name’

      • a)Personification
      • b)Metaphor
      • c) Simile
      • d) Repetition
    5. Identify the following device ‘as the sun sets on your last sunrise’
      • a) Personification
      • b) Metaphor
      • c) Euphemism 
      • d) Repetition
    6.  True or False: The structure of this poem is a free verse.
      • a) True
      • b) False
    7. True or False: This poem has four stanzas.
      • a) True
      • b) False

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