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Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow:

Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down, 

’Twas sad as sad could be; 

And we did speak only to break The silence of the sea!


(a) Why did the sails dropp down? 

(b) Note the poetic device used in the first two lines. 

(c) What is the opposite of ‘noise’ in the passage?

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(a) The sails dropped down because the wind had dropped down. 

(b) It is ‘repetition’. 

(c) silence

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