Non-Multiple Choice Questions of The Solitary Reaper Class 9th.



Read the following extracts and answer the questions given below :

1.    Will none tell me what she sings? Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow For old, unhappy, far off things, And battles long ago.

(a)    Explain the use of ‘perhaps’ in the second line.

Ans. ‘Perhaps’ is used to show that poet is not sure about the theme of solitary reaper’s song.

(b)    ‘Flow’, – what quality of the solitary reaper song is expressed here?

Ans. The word ‘flow’ expresses the spontaneity of solitary reaper’s song.


(c)    What is the poet’s guess?

Ans. He guesses that she might be singing about some unhappy things of the past or the battles fought long ago.

2.    Or is it some more humble lay,

Familiar matter of today?

Some natural sorrow, loss or pain,

That has been, may be again.

(a)    ‘It’ in the first line refers to :

Ans. ‘It’ in the first line refers to solitary reaper’s song.

(b)    Explain ‘humble lay’.

Ans. It means that solitary reaper’s song may be about some ordinary people.

(c)    What does the poet wish to convey by saying ‘that has been and may be again’ ?
Ans. He wishes to convey that the song may be about some natural sorrow which can occur again.

3.    Whatever the theme, the maiden sang As if her song could have no ending;

I    saw her singing at her work

And o ’er the sickle bending

(a)    What other activities is the maiden doing besides singing ?

Ans. Besides singing, the maiden is cutting and binding the grain.

(b)    What makes the maiden’s song extraordinary?

Ans. Maiden’s voice makes her song extraordinary.

(c)    What effect does the song have over the poet ?

Ans. The song left an indellible mark on the poet’s heart.

4.    I listen’d, motionless and still And, as I mounted up the hill,

The music in my heart I bore,

Long after it was heard no more.

(a)    Where does the poet go?

Ans. The poet is climbing up the mouatain.

(b)    How did the song affect the poet?

Ans. The song left a permanent mark on the poet’s heart.

(c)    What does the poet want to convey by ‘‘long after it was heard no more’’?

Ans. The poet wants to say that the music is eternal and can give pleasure even when you do not hear it.




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