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CHAPTER-9 NCERT SOLUTION 
 
Q.1: Why does Lord Ullin’s daughter defy her father and elope with her lover?  
 
Answer: Lord Ullin's daughter being deeply in love with the Chieftain of Ulva, wished to be 
united with him. However, her father's rigidity stood in her way. The girl was left with no 
choice but to elope with her lover as she could not live without him. 
 
 
Q.2: Give two characteristics of the boatman who ferries the couple across the sea. 
 
Answer: The boatman was a man of great sympathy, valour and chivalry. Realising the situation  
he took upon himself an almost impossible task of ferrying the young couple across Lochgyle 
despite the storm. This bold and daring man was not prompted by the greed for money, but the 
inner desire to help the lovers made him row the ferry in the face of the storm. 
 
Q.3: “Imagery” refers to something that can be perceived through more than one of the 
senses. It uses figurative language to help form mental pictures. Campbell used vivid, diverse 
and powerful imagery to personify the menacing face of nature (for e.g. sea, sky, wind, land). 
Pick out expressions that convey the images of anger in the following stanzas: 
 
Stanza 6 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 7 
‘Water-wraith was shrieking’ 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 9 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 10 
_______________________________ 
‘Stormy land’ 
Stanza 13 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 14 
_______________________________ 
 
Answer  
Stanza 6: ‘the waves are raging white’ 
Stanza 7: ‘Water-wraith was shrieking’ 
‘the scowl of heaven’ 
Stanza 9: ‘raging of the skies’ 
Stanza 10: ‘Stormy sea’ 
‘Stormy land’ 
Stanza 13: ‘Stormy water’ 
Stanza 14: ‘the loud waves lashed the shore’ 
 
 
Q.4: Read the following lines and answer the questions that follow 
 
“His horsemen hard behind us ride; 
Should they our steps discover, 
Then who will cheer my bonny bride 
When they have slain her lover?” 
 
(a) Who is ‘his’ in line 1? Who does ‘us’ refer to? 
 
Answer: ‘His’ in line 1 is Lord Ullin. ‘Us’ refers to Lord Ullin’s daughter and her lover. 
 
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CHAPTER-9 NCERT SOLUTION 
 
Q.1: Why does Lord Ullin’s daughter defy her father and elope with her lover?  
 
Answer: Lord Ullin's daughter being deeply in love with the Chieftain of Ulva, wished to be 
united with him. However, her father's rigidity stood in her way. The girl was left with no 
choice but to elope with her lover as she could not live without him. 
 
 
Q.2: Give two characteristics of the boatman who ferries the couple across the sea. 
 
Answer: The boatman was a man of great sympathy, valour and chivalry. Realising the situation  
he took upon himself an almost impossible task of ferrying the young couple across Lochgyle 
despite the storm. This bold and daring man was not prompted by the greed for money, but the 
inner desire to help the lovers made him row the ferry in the face of the storm. 
 
Q.3: “Imagery” refers to something that can be perceived through more than one of the 
senses. It uses figurative language to help form mental pictures. Campbell used vivid, diverse 
and powerful imagery to personify the menacing face of nature (for e.g. sea, sky, wind, land). 
Pick out expressions that convey the images of anger in the following stanzas: 
 
Stanza 6 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 7 
‘Water-wraith was shrieking’ 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 9 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 10 
_______________________________ 
‘Stormy land’ 
Stanza 13 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 14 
_______________________________ 
 
Answer  
Stanza 6: ‘the waves are raging white’ 
Stanza 7: ‘Water-wraith was shrieking’ 
‘the scowl of heaven’ 
Stanza 9: ‘raging of the skies’ 
Stanza 10: ‘Stormy sea’ 
‘Stormy land’ 
Stanza 13: ‘Stormy water’ 
Stanza 14: ‘the loud waves lashed the shore’ 
 
 
Q.4: Read the following lines and answer the questions that follow 
 
“His horsemen hard behind us ride; 
Should they our steps discover, 
Then who will cheer my bonny bride 
When they have slain her lover?” 
 
(a) Who is ‘his’ in line 1? Who does ‘us’ refer to? 
 
Answer: ‘His’ in line 1 is Lord Ullin. ‘Us’ refers to Lord Ullin’s daughter and her lover. 
 
(b) Explain - ‘cheer my bonny bride’. 
 
Answer: The lover is worried that after he is no more, there would be no one to console  
his beautiful bride. 
 
(c)Why would the lover be slain? 
 
Answer: As Lord Ullin did not approve of this love affair and the lovers eloped against his wishes, 
he ordered his horsemen to kill the lover. 
 
Q.5: " The water-wraith was shrieking." Is the symbolism in the line a premonition of what  
happens at the end? Give reasons for your answer. 
 
Answer: "The shrieking water- wraith" does create a feeling that something tragic is going to  
happen. The rising water looks not only terrifying like a ghost but also its splashing sounds 
like the cries of a ghost, indicate that something unlucky is going to happen. Since the  
boatman is rowing the fleeing lovers in his boat in such a bad weather, such evil signs cause 
concern in reader's mind for them.  
 
Q.6: The poet uses the words like 'adown', 'rode' which contains harsh consonants. Why do 
you 
think the poet has done this? 
 
Answer: The poet used such words to show that it is the hardest time for the lovers. These words  
express the mood of the poem. The stormy weather, the fleeing couple and their decreasing  
distance with Lord Ullin and his men, creates a situation in which the use of such words with 
harsh consonants look effective. 
 
Q.7: In Stanza 10, the poet says-'The boat has left a stormy land, 
A stormy sea before her, 
(a) In both these lines, the word "stormy" assumes different connotations. What are they? 
 
Answer: In both these lines, the word "stormy" stands for the land which was very dusty and stormy 
because the Lord's armed men and horses were marching to capture the fleeing lovers. 
In the second line it stands for the tempest that made the sea so rough that it became very 
threatening. 
 
(b)The lady faces a dilemma here. What is it? What choice does she finally make? 
 
Answer: Lord Ullin's daughter has to make a decision between choosing the 'stormy land' or the 
'stormy sea' that is, the fury of her father or the tempestuous weather. Mortally afraid of her 
father's fury she chooses to venture into the stormy sea and run the risk of getting drowned in 
the stormy sea. 
 
Q.8: a) 'Lord Ullin reached that fatal shore' just as his daughter left it. Why is the shore 
called fatal? 
 
Answer: The shore has been called 'fatal' as Lord Ullin's daughter drowned in the sea along with 
her lover. The tragic scene of death was watched from the shore by the unfortunate father, 
Lord Ullin. 
 
b) Why does Lord Ullin's wrath change into wailing on seeing his daughter? 
 
Answer: The moment Lord Ullin reached the shore he saw his daughter having a close brush with 
death. 
He cried desperately in grief asking his daughter to come back and promising to forgive her 
lover. 
 
Q.9: 'One lovely hand she stretched for aid.' Do you think Lord Ullin's daughter wanted to 
reach 
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CHAPTER-9 NCERT SOLUTION 
 
Q.1: Why does Lord Ullin’s daughter defy her father and elope with her lover?  
 
Answer: Lord Ullin's daughter being deeply in love with the Chieftain of Ulva, wished to be 
united with him. However, her father's rigidity stood in her way. The girl was left with no 
choice but to elope with her lover as she could not live without him. 
 
 
Q.2: Give two characteristics of the boatman who ferries the couple across the sea. 
 
Answer: The boatman was a man of great sympathy, valour and chivalry. Realising the situation  
he took upon himself an almost impossible task of ferrying the young couple across Lochgyle 
despite the storm. This bold and daring man was not prompted by the greed for money, but the 
inner desire to help the lovers made him row the ferry in the face of the storm. 
 
Q.3: “Imagery” refers to something that can be perceived through more than one of the 
senses. It uses figurative language to help form mental pictures. Campbell used vivid, diverse 
and powerful imagery to personify the menacing face of nature (for e.g. sea, sky, wind, land). 
Pick out expressions that convey the images of anger in the following stanzas: 
 
Stanza 6 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 7 
‘Water-wraith was shrieking’ 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 9 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 10 
_______________________________ 
‘Stormy land’ 
Stanza 13 
_______________________________ 
Stanza 14 
_______________________________ 
 
Answer  
Stanza 6: ‘the waves are raging white’ 
Stanza 7: ‘Water-wraith was shrieking’ 
‘the scowl of heaven’ 
Stanza 9: ‘raging of the skies’ 
Stanza 10: ‘Stormy sea’ 
‘Stormy land’ 
Stanza 13: ‘Stormy water’ 
Stanza 14: ‘the loud waves lashed the shore’ 
 
 
Q.4: Read the following lines and answer the questions that follow 
 
“His horsemen hard behind us ride; 
Should they our steps discover, 
Then who will cheer my bonny bride 
When they have slain her lover?” 
 
(a) Who is ‘his’ in line 1? Who does ‘us’ refer to? 
 
Answer: ‘His’ in line 1 is Lord Ullin. ‘Us’ refers to Lord Ullin’s daughter and her lover. 
 
(b) Explain - ‘cheer my bonny bride’. 
 
Answer: The lover is worried that after he is no more, there would be no one to console  
his beautiful bride. 
 
(c)Why would the lover be slain? 
 
Answer: As Lord Ullin did not approve of this love affair and the lovers eloped against his wishes, 
he ordered his horsemen to kill the lover. 
 
Q.5: " The water-wraith was shrieking." Is the symbolism in the line a premonition of what  
happens at the end? Give reasons for your answer. 
 
Answer: "The shrieking water- wraith" does create a feeling that something tragic is going to  
happen. The rising water looks not only terrifying like a ghost but also its splashing sounds 
like the cries of a ghost, indicate that something unlucky is going to happen. Since the  
boatman is rowing the fleeing lovers in his boat in such a bad weather, such evil signs cause 
concern in reader's mind for them.  
 
Q.6: The poet uses the words like 'adown', 'rode' which contains harsh consonants. Why do 
you 
think the poet has done this? 
 
Answer: The poet used such words to show that it is the hardest time for the lovers. These words  
express the mood of the poem. The stormy weather, the fleeing couple and their decreasing  
distance with Lord Ullin and his men, creates a situation in which the use of such words with 
harsh consonants look effective. 
 
Q.7: In Stanza 10, the poet says-'The boat has left a stormy land, 
A stormy sea before her, 
(a) In both these lines, the word "stormy" assumes different connotations. What are they? 
 
Answer: In both these lines, the word "stormy" stands for the land which was very dusty and stormy 
because the Lord's armed men and horses were marching to capture the fleeing lovers. 
In the second line it stands for the tempest that made the sea so rough that it became very 
threatening. 
 
(b)The lady faces a dilemma here. What is it? What choice does she finally make? 
 
Answer: Lord Ullin's daughter has to make a decision between choosing the 'stormy land' or the 
'stormy sea' that is, the fury of her father or the tempestuous weather. Mortally afraid of her 
father's fury she chooses to venture into the stormy sea and run the risk of getting drowned in 
the stormy sea. 
 
Q.8: a) 'Lord Ullin reached that fatal shore' just as his daughter left it. Why is the shore 
called fatal? 
 
Answer: The shore has been called 'fatal' as Lord Ullin's daughter drowned in the sea along with 
her lover. The tragic scene of death was watched from the shore by the unfortunate father, 
Lord Ullin. 
 
b) Why does Lord Ullin's wrath change into wailing on seeing his daughter? 
 
Answer: The moment Lord Ullin reached the shore he saw his daughter having a close brush with 
death. 
He cried desperately in grief asking his daughter to come back and promising to forgive her 
lover. 
 
Q.9: 'One lovely hand she stretched for aid.' Do you think Lord Ullin's daughter wanted to 
reach 
out to her father? If yes, why? 
 
Answer: Yes, the girl instinctively strached her hand to her father in a desperate bid to save 
herself and her lover. In the raging storm, her father and his men were the lovers only hope of 
survival. It is a moving but ironical situation in which a daughter seeks the help of the father 
she is running away from. 
 
Q.10: You are already familiar with the poetic device "alliteration". The poet makes extensive  
use of the same throughout the poem. Pick out as many examples of alliterations as you can. 
 
Answer: Examples of alliteration are: 
water wild; bonny bride; storm and shade; water wraith; wrath wailing; row'd roar; waves white; 
should steps; left lamenting. 
 
Q.11: What is the rhyme-scheme of the poem? 
 
Answer: The rhyme scheme of the poem is abab but in the last paragraph the rhyme scheme 
changes to 
abcb. 
 
Q.12: Imagine that you are Lord Ullin. You bemoan and lament the tragic loss of your lovely 
daughter and curse yourself for having opposed her alliance with the chieftain. Express your 
feeling of pain and anguish in a letter to your friend. 
 
Answer: 
Ullin Glen 
Scotland 
 
16 May, 2013 
 
Dear Lord Harold 
Thank you very much for your message of condolence and solidarity. Juliette, as you know was a 
lovely child indeed and the loss of such a dear daughter would be unbearable for any father. I 
myself am guilty of driving the poor child and her lover to death. 
 
I had ordered her never to see her lover. So, when I was informed that she had eloped with her 
lover, I sent my men to pursue them and kill the chieftian. As they heard the horsemen arriving, 
Juliette and her lover desperately plunged into the stormy sea. 
 
I shall never be able to get over this pain and anguish. To be blessed with a daughter like her 
was indeed a rare blessing. May her soul rest in peace. 
Yours sincerely 
Ullin 
 
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