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Stylistic Choices and Effect - Short, Choppy Phrases

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O Captain, My Captain

What effect does the use of short, choppy phrases have on the overall meaning?

A

It creates crisp, sharp images that make the captain’s death seem more tragic.

B

It adds rhythm to the poem, turning it into a lullaby, making the death seem peaceful.

C

It destroys the flow of the poem, causing the reader to be uncertain about what to feel.

D

It deepens the tragedy since the speaker is so affected he cannot speak in complete sentences.

E

It makes the captain’s death seem less serious since only fragments of his story surface.