What do you think is the best answer to this Text Completion question?

Just as reminiscences of a childhood spent in rural Mexico color the poet’s work, so too does the experience of war __________ her poetry.

inform
mimic
invalidate
defer
presage

If you felt like none of the answers made any sense, it may be because you don’t know the other meaning of the word inform.

Inform doesn’t just mean “tell” — it can also mean “To give form or character to; imbue with a quality or an essence.”

Thus, it makes perfect sense to say, “so too does the experience of war inform her poetry.”

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