Brown Penny by ghkgkyyt



Poetry Assessment - Short Answer Test

Read the following poem and respond to the questions as indicated.

              Brown Penny

              I whispered, "I am too young."
              And then, "I am old enough";
              Wherefore I threw a penny
              To find out if I might love.
              "Go and love, go and love, young man,
              If the lady be young and fair."
              Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
              I am looped in the loops of her hair.

              Oh love is the crooked thing,
              There is nobody wise enough
              To find out all that is in it,
              For he would be thinking of love
              Till the stars had run away
              And the shadows eaten the moon.
              Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
              One cannot begin it too soon.

              William Butler Yeats

   1. State the concrete meaning of the poem in 1-2 complete sentences.

   2. Describe the form of the poem.

   3. Define the word "wherefore" in the line 3.

   4. How does the poem use the word "if" in the 1st stanza?
   5. Locate examples of repetition and alliteration in the last two lines of first stanza
      and underline them. In the space below, explain what use the poet makes of the
      repetition and of the alliteration. To answer well, you will have to "hear" the

6. Focus upon the word "crooked" in stanza 2.
      How does it contrast to the words and images in stanza 1 (be specific)?

       In what ways can love be "crooked" - think of several meanings of the word.

7. Locate and underline the personification in the 2nd stanza. Explain one of these
   figures of speech.
8. What time of life is suggested by "the stars had run away and shadows eaten the
moon." Explain your answer.

9. Who is "he" in stanza 2?

10. Why is repetition used in stanza 2? Underline it and then explain.

11. Do your best to state the theme, or abstract meaning, of the poem.

                                               A butterfly
                                                on the temple bell.

1. List below 2 contrasts which you find in the haiku.

2. How does the poet use contrast and suggestion to tell a story?

3. Briefly tell the story of the haiku.

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