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

About, about, in reel and rout 

The death-fires danced at night; 

The water, like a witch’s oils, 

Burnt green, and blue, and white.


(a) What is the meaning of ‘reel and rout’ here’? 

(b) What is the poetic device used in the third line? 

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

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(a) It means swaying and dancing. 

(b) It is ‘simile’. 

(c) life

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