Instructions: select the correct answer. read the following excerpt from the poem “on imagination” by phillis wheatley .imagination! who can sing thy force? or who describe the swiftness of thy course? soaring through air to find the bright abode, th' empyreal palace of the thund'ring god, we on thy pinions can surpass the wind, and leave the rolling universe behind: from star to star the mental optics rove, measure the skies, and range the realms above. there in one view we grasp the mighty whole, or with new worlds amaze th' unbounded soul. what does the speaker compare imagination to in the poem? 1) a soaring bird 2)the sky 3)a cloud 4)a sailing ship
a soaring bird
The speaker compares imagination with a soaring bird. This type of bird can fly at extremely high hights and wander -rove- above. The bird can fly against the wind to find a bright place above - infinity -; the bird's wings -pinions- are strong enough to fulfill that goal. From above, the bird can see the absolute- mighty whole- and it can even discover new worlds. It can surpass the bounderies of the soul.
A soaring bird
the speaker is saying how graceful and powerful imagination is and if you read the poem the only answer that makes sense in a soaring bird.
for plato users: C. The imagination has no bounds beyond the limit of one's own mind. a soaring bird is pictured to be free of limitations, retaining the ability to go where it pleases, and fly carefree as it does so, just as your imagination flows carefree, without limitations, going where you please it.
The option of this question are:
A) a soaring bird
B) the sky
C) a cloud
D) a sailing ship
A) A soaring bird.
Explanation: In the given excerpt from the poem "On Imagination" by Phillis Wheatley, we can see that imagination is compared to a soaring bird. This comparison is made to give the idea of imagination being limitless and without boundaries, just like the bird, imagination can go to the clouds and beyond the sky ("We on thy pinions can surpass the wind, And leave the rolling universe behind").
The speaker compares “Imagination” in the poem, through a variety of force in the universe. He believes, that there a lot of advantages of having an imagination, it keeps you sane and your ideas can spread like wildfire through the process.