TEXTBOOK QUESTIONS (SOLVED)
Q1. The poet could not understand the words of the song, yet he raised several possibilities about its theme. In the diagram below are some of these possibilities. Read the third stanza again, and find the phrase that matches each. Copy and complete the diagram, writing each phrase in the empty boxes. Work in pairs.
Q2. On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions by ticking the correct choice.
(a) The central idea of the poem ‘The Solitary Reaper’ is ________.
(i) well sung songs give us happiness
(ii) melodious sounds appeal to all
(iii) beautiful experiences give us lifelong pleasure
(iv) reapers can sing like birds
Ans : (a) (iii) beautiful experiences give us lifelong pleasure
(b) In the poem ‘The Solitary Reaper’ to whom does the poet say ‘Stop here or gently pass?
(i) to the people cutting corn
(ii) to himself
(iii) to the people who make noise
(iv) to all the passersby
Ans : (b) (iv) to all the passersby
(c) ‘The Solitary Reaper’ is a narrative poem set to music. This form of verse is called a ______.
Ans : (c) (i) lyric
(d) The poet’s lament in the poem ‘The Solitary Reaper’ is that ______.
(i) he cannot understand the song
(ii) he did not know the lass
(iii) she stopped singing at once
(iv) he had to move away
Ans : (d) (iv) he had to move away
(e) The setting of the poem is ________.
Ans : (e) (iii) Scotland
Q3. Read the second stanza again, in which Wordsworth compares the solitary reaper’s song with the song of the nightingale and the cuckoo. On the basis of your reading (and your imagination), copy and complete the table below. (Work in groups of four, then have a brief class discussion).
Impact on listener
holds him spellbound
Impact on listener
holds linn spellbound
reduces the tiredness of travellers
people or passers-by
has a far-reaching effect, heralds the coming of spring, end of winter
Q4. Why do you think Wordsworth has chosen the song of the nightingale and the cuckoo, for comparison with the solitary reaper’s song?
Ans. : The nightingale and the cuckoo are known as song-birds. Many poets have written about their melodious notes and there is a reference to nightingale even in the Bible. So the poet has chosen their songs for comparison with the Solitary Reaper’s song.