The author mentions that "Byron's literary craftsmanship is irregular" (lines 27–28) most probably in order to

Marissa on January 15 at 05:18PM

Why C?

Why is this C? I put B. Thank you!

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Ravi on January 15 at 09:40PM

@Marissa-Avnaim,

Let's take a look at (B) and (C).

The question asks, "the author mentions that “Byron’s literary
craftsmanship is irregular” (lines 27-28) most probably in order
to..."

(B) says, "dismiss craftsmanship as a standard by which to judge poets"

The problem with (B) is that the author believes that Byron is worthy
of attention even if his craftsmanship is not the best, but this does
not necessarily mean that the author is wholly dismissing
craftsmanship. It's possible that the author could believe that
craftsmanship is often a really good standard, but it's not the only
standard by which to judge poets, so this is why we can get rid of
(B).

(C) says, "offer another reason why Byron is not a “great” poet"

On these types of questions (role questions), it's always helpful to
try to come up with a prediction for what the correct answer choice is
generally going to say. Looking back at the passage, we see that the
author mentions that "Byron's literary craftsmanship is irregular"
where he is conceding the point that Byron's poetry isn't that
"great," and this is given to us in lines 24-28. (C) matches this
well, so it's the correct answer choice.

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions!