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From the West

Clouds come hurrying with the wind

Turning

Sharply

Here and there

Like a plague of locusts

Whirling

Tossing up things on its tail

Like a madman chasing nothingPregnant clouds

Ride stately on its back

Gathering to perch on hills

Like dark sinister wings:

The wind whistles by

And trees bend to let it passIn the village

Screams of delighted children

Toss and turn

In the dim of whirling wind

Women-

Babies clinging to their backs-

Dart about

In and out

Madly

The wind whistles by

Whilst trees bend to let it pass.

(From 'An African Thunderstorm' by David Rubadiri)

The poet varies the lengths of the lines skillfully

Options

A) to show the speed,power and destructiveness of the storm

B) to create pleasant sounds

C) to conform to normal poetic practice

D) to create a mood of fear

E) to show his cleverness

The correct answer is A.


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