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|Thinking about the Poem|
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Q1. What do the following phrases mean to you? Discuss in class.
(a) Humid shadows
(b) Starry spheres
(c) What a bliss
(d) A thousand dreamy fancies Into busy being start
(e) A thousand recollections weave their air-threads into woof
(a) “Humid shadows” refer to the dark clouds that produce rain.
(b) “Starry spheres” refer to the night sky abounding in stars.
(c) "What a bliss" refers to the happiness of the poet. When it rains, the poet gets into his cottage and enjoy the patter of rain upon the roof.
(d) This refers to the various imaginary thoughts and fantasies that are aroused in the poet’s mind.
(e) This phrase means that numerous memories intermingle to form a beautiful picture that the poet recollects.
Q2. What does the poet like to do when it rains?
Ans: When it rains, the poet feels delighted to lie with his head pressed against the pillow of his cottage chamber bed and listen to the patter of the soft rain.
Q3. What is the single major memory that comes to the poet? Who are the “darling dreamers” he refers to?
Q4. Is the poet now a child? Is his mother still alive?
Ans: No, the poet is not a child now. He is a grown-up man. He remembers her when he is inside his cosy cottage and enjoys the pattern of rain on the roof.
Q1. When you were a young child, did your mother tuck you in, as the poets did?
Ans: Yes, my mother used to tuck me in when I was a young child, just like the poet’s mother did. (Self-Experience Question)
Q2. Do you like the rain? What do you do when it rains steadily or heavily as described in the poem?
Q3. Does everybody have a cosy bed to lie in when it rains? Look around you and describe how different kinds of people or animals spend time, seek shelter etc. during rain.