Page No. 42
Thinking about the Poem
I. 1. What do the following phrases mean to you? Discuss in class.
(i) humid shadows
(ii) starry spheres
(iii) what a bliss
(iv) a thousand dreamy fancies into busy being start
(v) a thousand recollections weave their air-threads into woof
(i) Humid shadows are the dark clouds that have lots of water in them.
(ii) Starry spheres are the endless skies that seem studded with stars.
(iii) The poet expressed his happiness. When it rains poet gets into his cottage and enjoy the patter of rain upon the roof.
(iv) When the poet is lying comfortably in his bed, numberless dreamy thoughts begin to come to his mind.
(v) When the poet hears the patter of rain on the roof, numberless recollections of the past begin to weave themselves in his mind.
2. What does the poet like to do when it rains?
The poet loves to lie in his bed when it rains. He calls it a bliss. He can recall to his mind the sweet memories of the past. He can have the sweet memories of his mother.
3. What is the single major memory that comes to the poet? Who are the “darling dreamers” he refers to?
The single major memory that comes to the poet is the memory of the poet's mother. The poet remembers how the mother used to look lovingly at her children. The “darling dreamers” are the poet and his siblings in their childhood when they were lovingly put to sleep by their mother.
4. Is the poet now a child? Is his mother still alive?
The poet is no longer a child. He is now quite grown-up. It seems that his mother is not alive now. That is why he has fond memories of her.
II. 1. When you were a young child, did your mother tuck you in, as the poet’s did?
Every mother wants to keep her child safe from all harm. My mother, too, used to tuck me in on cold nights.
2. Do you like rain? What do you do when it rains steadily or heavily as described in the poem?
Yes, I like the rain. Rain in the hot weather is always welcome. But rain in the cold winter is an unpleasant thing. When it rains, I usually stay indoors and read some book.
3. 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.
No, everybody is not fortunate enough to have a cosy bed to lie in when it rains. Not everybody gets to enjoy the comfort of cosy homes during rain. There are numberless poor people who have no bed to lie in. They have no roof over their head. They have to stay in the open in sun or rain. Like poor animals, they have to run for a place of shelter when it rains