12th Grade AP English. Interpreting a Novel. Read passage excerpts and answer 25 questions.
Edna St. Vincent Millayâ€™s â€œInlandâ€
People that build their houses inland,
People that buy a plot of ground
Shaped like a house, and build a house there,
Far from the sea-board, far from the sound
Of water sucking the hollow ledges,
Tons of water striking the shore,â€”
What do they long for, as I long for
One salt smell of the sea once more?
People the waves have not awakened,
Spanking the boats at the harbor’s head,
What do they long for, as I long for,â€”
Starting up in my inland bed,
Beating the narrow walls, and finding
Neither a window nor a door,
Screaming to God for death by drowning,â€”
One salt taste of the sea once more?
1. Use the poem to answer the question.
What is the effect of the imagery in the last stanza?
It evokes a sense of loneliness.
It highlights the narratorâ€™s fears.
It creates a sense of suffocation.
It portrays the ocean as a violent entity.
It shows the relationship between land and ocean.