How is a thing of beauty a joy forever?
A thing of beauty is a joy forever because its attractiveness increases with time. Its impact never dies out. It continues to bring into our lives joy and peace and at the same times keeps us connected with our environment, our very own earth.
Why did Aunt Jennifer choose to embroider tigers on the panel?
Aunt Jennifer chose to embroider tigers on the panel as an expression of her suppressed emotions. The free, independent, enthusiastic tigers prancing around freely without fear have been as a symbol of her fighting spirit against the constraints that bound her as a married woman. So that when she died her spirit would remain in the fierce energy of the prancing and unafraid tigers.
How did the Wizard help Roger Skunk?
He asked Roger Skunk what he wanted to smell like. Roger wanted to smell like roses. The wizard took his magic wand and chanted a spell. The whole of the wizard's house was full of roses. The wizard demanded seven pennies. Roger had only four with him. The wizard asked him to go to the end of the lane and turn around three times. He would find three pennies in the magic well. Roger obeyed. He gave those three pennies to the wizard. The wizard became very happy and made Roger Skunk smell like roses.
Did Hana think the Japanese tortured their prisoners of war? Why?
Yes, she thought that the Japanese tortured their prisoners of war as she saw deep red scars on the neck of the wounded American soldier while washing him. The scars right under the ears spoke of the extreme torture afflicted upon the prisoners of war.
The stunted, unlucky heir
Of twisted bones, reciting a father's gnarled disease,
His lesson from his desk. At back of the dim class One unnoted, sweet and young. His eyes live in a dream,
Of squirrel's game, in the tree room, other than this.
(i) Who is the unlucky heir and what has he inherited?
(ii) What is the stunted boy reciting?
(iii) Who is sitting at the back of the dim class?
i) The unlucky heir refers to the little boy from the slum who has inherited a disfigured, gnarled and diseased body.
ii) The stunted boy is reciting an account of his father’s incurable diseases.
iii) A sweet little fellow was sitting at the back of the dim class unnoticed and unobserved by all.
Why didn’t the ‘polished traffic’ stop at the roadside stand?
The ‘polished traffic’ refers to the insensitive attitude and gentlemanly appearances of the city-men. These people who passed by the roadside stand were self-centered and their minds were restless with greed for money and ambitions for great profits in their business.
What changes did the order from Berlin cause in the school?
The order from Berlin brought a number of noticeable changes in the school. Franz’s math’s teacher, Mr. Hamel had put on his beautiful green coat, his frilled shirt and the little black silk cap, all embroidered. He used to wear this dress on special occasions. The whole school seemed so strange and solemn. On the back benches that were always empty, the elderly village people were sitting quietly like the kids.
Why was Douglas determined to get over his fear of water?
The fear of water had gripped his life since the age of 11 and it followed him everywhere and in everything he did. The fear of water stayed with Douglas for years. It deprived him of the joy of canoeing, boating and swimming. He used every way he knew to overcome the fear but in vain. He was in the grip of fear even as an adult. So finally he decided to overcome this fear by getting an effective training from a professional trainer.
Why are the young trees described as sprinting?
The young trees are personified in the poem. They seem to be running in the opposite direction when seen through the window of the moving car. The movement is juxtaposed with the expression on the mother’s face i.e. ashen like a corpse. The movement of the children and the trees is in stark contrast with the stillness associated with the mother.
For once on the face of the earth
Let's not speak in any language
Let's stop for one second,
arid not move our arms so much.
(i) Why does the poet want us to keep quiet?
(ii) What does he want us to do for one second?
(iii) What does he mean by ‘not move our arms’?
(i) The poet wants us to keep quiet and give up endless activity to be able to introspect. He wants us to break free of the barriers of language and be united in a moment of eloquent silence.
(ii) The poet wants us to give up our endless, incessant activities and be lost in eloquent, calm and peaceful silence break free of all barriers of language and communication.
(iii) When the poet says ‘ not move our arms’, he wishes to convey that in the moment of eloquent peaceful silence we must all give up whatever we are doing. He means to say there must be absolutely no action, no activity and no communication or interaction whatsoever.