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TEXTBOOK QUESTIONS (SOLVED)
Q1. On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions by choosing the correct option.
(a) The rain calls itself the ‘dotted silver threads’ as _____________.
(i) the shimmering drops fall one after the other.
(ii) it ties heaven and earth.
(iii) it dots the earth with shimmering water.
(iv) it decorates the fields.
Ans : (i) the shimmering drops fall one after the other.
(b) The tone and mood of the rain in the poem reflects: its _____________.
(i) love for the earth.
(ii) desire to take revenge.
(iii) merriment as it destroys.
(iv) desire to look beautiful.
Ans : (i) love for the earth.
Q2. Answer the following questions :
(a) Why is the rain divine?
Ans : Rain is divine, it comes straight from heaven. It is God’s best gift. Moreover, it is life-giving.
(b) In this universe, rain performs many functions. What are those?
Ans : Rain beautifies and refreshes all surroundings. It spreads happiness all around and all objects of nature feel rejuvenated. It gives life and quenches the thirst of the dry
and barren earth. Rain spreads prosperity and joy in a million hearts.
(c) “When I cry the hills laugh;
When I humble myself the flowers rejoice;
When I bow, all things are elated”.
‘Cry ‘humble’ and ‘bow’ indicate different intensity' with which the rain falls. Explain the three in context.
Ans : ‘Cry’ means thunder and when it reverberates, the hills echo like laughter. When the rain falls lightly, it is very pleasing to the flowers. When rain gives way to rainbow, it is a delight to behold for everyone.
(d) How do you think the rain quenches the thirst of the fields and cures cloud's ailment?
Ans : The fields are needy, dry and parched. The clouds are bursting with moisture and when it falls down like rain, the clouds are relieved.
(e) Think about ‘million little ways in which the rain embraces the trees.’ Mention a few of them.
Ans : Rain falls down in millions of droplets. Many times it takes the form of snow, sleet or hail.
(f) “All can hear but only the sensitive can understand.” What does the poet want to convey?
Ans : When the rain falls, everyone can hear its sound. But very few can sense or understand its blessed nature. It requires great sensitivity, refinement of mental faculties to understand the exceptional function the brain performs. Anything that gives life is akin to God.
(g) Notice the imagery built around ‘sigh of the sea’ ‘laughter of the field’ ‘tears of heaven’. Explain the three expressions in the context of rain.
Ans : When the water evaporates from the sea, it is imagined as sighs that rise from the human breast. When rain falls on the fields, the happiness and joy expressed by field
are akin to laughter. When raindrops fall, they appear like tears falling from heavens.
(h) How would you express rain as
– an agent of floods?
– a source of water for dams?
Ans : When rain causes a flood, that is its destructive aspect. When it supplies water for dam, then that is its creative aspect.
(i)“I am like earthly life ...........”. Why does the poet call rain as earthly life?
Ans : Just like everything on earth is born and dies, so does rain. It is referred to as earthly life because it has a beginning and comes to an end too. It begins at the bottom
of the mad elements and ends under the lofted wings of death.