The rival poet enters the scene to stir things up with the narrator’s fair lord. How would you characterize the poet’s reaction to the thought of losing his fair lord to another?

A: A close analysis of the text on hand is crucial for this essay. The student should pick a reaction – jealousy, perhaps, or disdain – and support it with specific textual evidence. Perhaps the reaction suggests a broader emotion or mentality: pride (wounded in this case), greed (thwarted), helplessness…


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