This is for commonlit the article is titled “the open boat” i’ll leave the whole paragraph 179 right here*
“To chime the notes of his emotion, a verse entered the corespondent’s head. He had even forgotten that he had forgotten this verse, but it suddenly was in his mind.”
“A soldier of the Legion lay dying in Algiers,
There was lack of woman’s nursing, there was dearth of woman’s tears;
But a comrade stood beside him, and he took that comrade’s hand,
And he said: ‘I shall never see my own, my native land.’”
: Which of the following best explains the meaning and significance of the poem after paragraph 179?
A. The poem describes a man dying in a foreign place, just as the crewmen have died at sea.
B. The poem describes a soldier dying for a cause, in contrast stranded in the ocean.
C. The poem describes a man dying alone, which is how the correspondent feels even though he is surrounded by three other men.
D. The poem describes a soldier dying, the meaning and impact of which never occurred to the correspondent before being himself confronted with the possibility of death.