WR In Sickness
WRITTEN IN OCTOBER, 1714
Soon after the author's coming to live in Ireland, upon the Queen's death. - Swift.
'Tis true - then why should I repine
To see my life so fast decline?
But why obscurely here alone,
Where I am neither loved nor known?
My state of health none care to learn; 5
My life is here no soul's concern:
And those with whom I now converse
Without a tear will tend my hearse.
Removed from kind Arbuthnot's aid,
Who knows his art, but not his trade, 10
Preferring his regard for me
Before his credit, or his fee.
Some formal visits, looks, and words,
What mere humanity affords,
I meet perhaps from three or four, 15
From whom I once expected more;
Which those who tend the sick for pay,
Can act as decently as they:
But no obliging, tender friend,
To help at my approaching end. 20
My life is now a burthen grown
To others, ere it be my own.
Ye formal weepers for the sick,
In your last offices be quick;
And spare my absent friends the grief 25
To hear, yet give me no relief;
Expired to-day, entomb'd to-morrow,
When known, will save a double sorrow.
John Arbuthnot (1667-1735) was a Scottish physician.
Queen Anne died 1st August, 1714.
This poem was written in 1714, soon after the author, an Anglo-Irish satirist, moved from England to Ireland.
Which of the following is not evident in the poetic structure of the poem?
consistent rhyming pattern
consistent metric count per line
varying stanza length
use of enjambment
The opening words of the poem, "Tis true (line 1), indicate that the speaker has begun with which of the following techniques?
in media res
The narrator's insistence in lines 3-6 that he is "alone" and "neither lov'd nor known," that "none care," and that he is "no Soul's Concern" is called into question by which of the following lines?
without a tear will tend my hearse (line 8)
kind Arbuthnot's aid (line 9)
some formal visits, looks, and words (line 13)
those who tend the sick for pay (line 17)
no obliging, tender friend (line 19)
The syntax in line 27 (Expir'd ... To-morrow) emphasizes the speaker's sense of the
poignancy of loss
passage of time
indifference of others
brevity of friendship
solitude of death
The contrast between the "three or four" (line 15) and the "tender Friend" (line 19) serves primarily to highlight the speaker's
difficulty finding professional help
disappointment in his situation
appreciation for his caregivers
attempts to make new friends
feelings upon learning of his illness
In the context of the poem as a whole, a complexity in the speaker's character is revealed by the inconsistency between his stated desire to "spare my absent friends the grief" (line 25) and his
disappointment that he has no friends to grieve for or comfort him
preference for professional mourners over heartfelt expressions of grief
forgiveness toward friends who have been unkind to him in the past
insistence that he desires only quiet solitude in his final days
rejection of the formal ceremonial rites at his funeral
The speaker of the poem most closely embodies which of the following archetypes?
the wise elder
the loyal friend
the self-pitying invalid
the brave warrior against disease
the martyr for a worthy cause
The speaker mentions Arbuthnot (lines 9-12) primarily in order to
criticize the current state of the medical profession
point out a striking contrast with his present company
illustrate his assertion that he receives only polite attention
substatiante his claim about the seriousness of his illness
invent a persona that represents his intended audience
The speaker speaks of sparing his absent friends the grief (lines 25) primarily in order to
show his genuine concern for the pain his loved ones may feel
show that he wants to allow them time to grieve for him properly
show that he is angry and sullen, noticing that they could not spare the time for him when he was sick
show that he intends to reward those friends who have stayed by his side
show that he intends to reward the nursing staff because of the professional care he has received.
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