“Barbara Frietchie” by John Greenleaf Whittier
famished – starving, hungry fourscore year and ten – 90 years old
Questions and Answers
1. The speaker makes references to the “Lee” (Robert E.), a figure from outside the poem whom the speaker assumes readers will recognize. What is the literary term for this kind of reference?
Such a reference is called an allusion.
2. The poem is written in rhyming pairs. What is the term for this type of rhyme scheme?
The poem is written in rhymed couplets.
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