- John Milton, Paradise Lost Book VI, lines 327-330
By using the word grinding, what does Milton imply about the pain inflicted by the sword?
What does discontinuous mean? How does the use of discontinuous reinforce the idea of a grinding sword?
Describe the action of a grinding sword, a slashing sword, a piercing sword. (A sword would grind when…)
Whenever he was so fortunate as to have near him a hare that had been kept too long, or a meat pie made with rancid butter, he gorged himself with such violence that his veins swelled, and the moisture broke out on his head. – Thomas Babington Macaulay, “Samuel Johnson”
What effect does the detail (the spoiled hare, the rancid butter, the sweaty forehead) have on the reader?
Write a sentence describing someone with disgusting eating habits. It must be one, correct sentence; and it must contain at least three vivid details. Highlight your three vivid details.
Meanwhile, the United States Army, thirsting for revenge, was prowling the country north and west of the Black Hills, killing Indians wherever they could be found. – Dee Brown, Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee
What are the connotations of thirsting? What feelings are evoked by this diction?
What are the connotations of prowling? What kind of animals prowl? What attitude toward the U.S. army does this diction convey?
Use an eating or drinking verb in a sentence which expresses anger about a parking ticket. Do not use the verb to literally express eating or drinking. Instead, express your anger through the verb. Use Brown’s sentence as a model. Highlight your angry verbs.
What is the effect of opening the first sentence with the imperative mood of the verb to be?
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?
Write a sentence about credit cards which begins with a verb in the imperative mood. Make sure you convey an attitude toward credit cards by using an appropriate opening verb. Highlight your opening verb that expresses attitude.
What is Pope’s attitude toward pride, the subject matter? Cite your evidence.
What is the tone of this passage? What attitude underlies the tone?
Write a short paragraph of advice about drinking and driving. Show through your diction and choice of detail that you believe yourself superior in every way to your reader. Never directly state your superiority. Instead, let the tone of your paragraph carry your haughty attitude. Highlight all of your tone words.