Up board solutions for class 11 english poetry chapter 2 The Scholar
Explain the following stanzas with reference to the context:
1- My days among …………… ………… day by day.
Reference to the context: This stanza has been taken from the poem ‘The Scholar’ composed by Robert Southey. .The poet tells us how he passes his time in the midst of books composed by great authors of the past. He is surrounded by these faithful friends.
Explanation: The poet has many books written by famous authors who are now dead. He spends his time among these books. The room is full of books. Wherever he looks, he sees books. They tell him the best things. They do not change. They are most sincere and faithful friends. He is happy with them. He enjoys their company most. He is proud that he has such good friends. He talks with them everyday.
Reference to the context: This stanza has been taken from the poem ‘The Scholar’ composed by Robert Southey. The poet enjoys the company of the authors of the old times. The poet tells us how grateful he feels to his books which are with him in happiness as well as in sorrow.
Explanation: All the books by great authors that he has got are his true friends. Sometimes when he is happy he gets delight from the books. When he has sorrow, they lessen his pain and anxiety and comfort him. He is indebted to them for knowledge and wisdom. This thoughts fills him with deep thankfulness. Tears of gratitude roll down from his eyes. They make his cheeks wet.
(iii) My thoughts are ……………………………. an humble mind.
Reference to the context: This stanza has been taken from the poem ‘The Scholar’ composed by Robert Southey. In these lines the poet tells us how he gains from reading the books of the great authors. His life is completely one with theirs. He has the same hopes and fears.
Explanation: When he reads their books he thinks as the authors thought. He has the same feelings. He knows about the past fully well. He feels that he is living in those days. He sees good qualities in them. He loves those qualities. He sees their bad qualities and dislikes them. While reading hopeless things becomes full of hope. He is afraid of the bad things that they feared. They learnt their lessons from life. When he reads about them he humbly forms rules of conduct for himself.
(iv) My hopes ………………………………………. in the dust.
Reference to the context: These stanza has been taken from the poem ‘The Scholar’ Composed by Robert Southey. The poet hopes that he too will be remembered like the great authors of the past. He will soon be with them after his death.
Explanation: The poet has the same hopes as the great authors of the past had. Very soon he will die and will be with them. They will be remembered in the future. He too will be remembered with them. And in this world too, people will remember him. He earnestly hopes that he will not be forgotten entirely.
2- Write the central idea of the poem ‘The scholar’.
Ans: The central idea of the poem ‘The Scholar’ by Robert Southey is that books by great ancient authors have great importance in our life. They help us in our joys and sorrows. We can learn from their experience and frame rules of conduct for ourselves. A scholar who devotes his time to them will have a place with those authors and will be remembered like them.
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