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"When I Was Fair and Young"
by Queen Elizabeth I circa 1585
List at least three examples of diction in the text that add to the overall tone. Explain how each word contributes to the emotional power of the piece.
The words tell me that the author was always driving people away from her, through time.
List at least three examples of imagery in the text that add to the overall tone. Explain how each description contributes to the emotional power of the piece.
“How many weeping eyes I made to pine in woe,”
“How many sighing hearts I have not skill to show,”
These short sentences show the sadness the author made the people feel that she encountered through her life.
List the examples of important details the author chose to include. Explain how these details contribute to the emotional power of the piece.
"But I the prouder grew and still this Spake therefore:
Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more."
They explained how the author felt in her life while meeting many people.
“When I was fair and young, then favor graced me.”
It does not explain other ways how favor graced the author.
Analyze the author’s use of syntax in this text. Are the sentences long or short? Does the author use punctuation to slow down the pace, or short phrases to quicken it? Explain how the sentence structure contributes to the emotional power of the piece.
It’s pace is quickened with some short and fairly long sentences and punctuation is used for nearly all sentences. It shows the on going emotion of the author, the people she encountered and what she went through in her life.
Select a tone (or multiple tones) from the list of Tone Words. Explain why this tone is the best way to describe this text.
The poet begins with an unhappy tone, showing how stressful the author was feeling with her own life dealing with people she encountered in her life who she drove away. Then the author ends with a repentant tone, explaining that the thought of her life was to continue to drive people away due to the author’s mistake in life.
List the examples of important details the author chose to omit. Explain how these missing details contribute to the emotional power of the piece.