Board Questions and answers of the poetry of Earth
1…”The poetry of earth is never dead “From Where is the line extracted? What is the meaning of the line? Why is the poetry of earth is never dead?
The line has been extracted from the quintessential poem of Keats ” The poetry of Earth “.
In the poem Poetry of earth refers to the unending music or poetry of Nature. The two insects, the grasshopper, and the cricket carry The music of nature has no end. It continues without any break.
It has no end because both the grasshopper and the cricket have taken the responsibility of carrying on the music of nature. In summer, the grasshopper carries on the music of summer and the cricket in winter. Any seasonal changes do not bring any changes in the music of nature. Thus the two insects celebrate the music through the cycle of seasons.
2.How does Keats draw the picture of winter in the poem?
In the sestet of the poem, The poetry of Earth, Keats gives a pen picture of a desolate winter evening. During winter, silence prevails in the entire atmosphere. Moreover, frost makes the atmosphere desolate, so the people prefer to stay by the fireplace inside the door. Even birds and animals shelter in their place. In such lifeless weather, the cricket takes the lead from behind the stove breaking the silence with its shrill cry and breaks the frozen numbness. Then a man who has lost himself in drowsiness enjoying the warmth of the heat of the stove mistakes the song of the cricket as the song of the grasshopper singing joyfully among some grassy hills.
3.He has never done/With his delights.” – Who is ‘he’ referred to here? What are the ‘delights’ referred to here? Why has he never done with his delights?
Here ‘He” refers to the primadonna of summer, the grasshopper.
Here the ‘ delights’ refers to the delights of the grasshopper.
When all the birds take retire from singing and take shelter in the cooling of the trees, the grasshopper moves from hedge to hedge out of sheer joy in the scorching heat of the sun and takes the responsibility to fill the void of music. It moves about the newly mown mead singing joyfully. playing, singing, resting are his delights.
He finds summer pleasant. He is not exhausted by the scorching heat of the sun, rather he loves the sunshine. So he has never dined with its delight.
4.How does Keats show the continuity of the music of earth in the poem “The poetry of Earth “?
Grasshopper’s chirping, a cricketing song is the lyrics of the poem “Poems of the World”.
Here a great continuation is maintained by linking the Grasshopper song in the summer with the Cricket song in the winter. Thus, the music of Nature has never been quiet. In the scorching heat when all the birds are tired and resting in the shady trees, Grasshopper runs to sing from fence to fence. You lead the summer fun. When he gets tired, he rests under a beautiful weed. On a quiet winter night, behind the stove, there is the sound of a cricket. To the one sitting on the fire, asleep, It seems to be a continuation of the Grasshopper’s song.
5.”……….to one in drowsiness in half lost
The grasshopper among some grassy hills” – Who is ‘one’ here? What seems to him the song of a grasshopper ? what was the mistake here? Why does ‘one’ have such a mistake?
Here in the lines quoted above from “The Poetry of Earth”, the word ‘one refers to a man, sitting in a fireplace, enjoying a cricket song in December.
The sweet sound of cricket coming from the fireplace seems to him like the song of the grasshopper.
Here in the quotes above from “The Poetry of Earth”, the word ‘one refers to a person who, by sitting next to a fireplace, enjoys a cricket song and mistakes it as the song of the grasshopper.
A man who has lost half a nap is enjoying the warmth of the furnace on a winter evening. He is in a dream state. In that case, the cricket song seems to him to be a grasshopper.
6.”….…He rests at ease……” Where does the line occur? Who is ‘he’ here? Where does he take rest? How does he heal nature?
The line quoted above takes place in John Keats’ “Poems of the World”.
Here in ‘he’ means grasshopper.
Here in John Keats’ poem “The Poetry of Earth”, the grasshopper rests under a beautiful weed.
Grasshoppers play a key role in healing the environment in the scorching heat of summer. When all the birds are tired from the hot summer and take refuge in the cooling shade of the trees, the grasshopper moves from the hedge to the fence and chirps happily, and fills the gap of the music. He earns a living in summer. In this way, the grasshopper heals the environment with its constant chirping.
7.How does Keats justify the continuity of the music in the sonnet?
This petrachan sonnet begins with the line where keats assures us that the music of the earth is unending process and he glorifies two insects, grasshopper and the cricket as the natural musical instruments to accompalish the process.
In the searing heat of the sumner noon the song birds, the legitimate song sters faint and the they nestle in the leafy cool . As a result their silence creates a void in nature. But the lay of nature does not stop. A grasshopper appears to fill up the void. He moves from hedge to hedge buzzing loudly and breaks the painful silence in nature.
“a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead; That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead “
Similar aspect of continuing music is seen in winter by its bard, cricket.The winter evening is desolate and sombre. Moreover. frost deepens the cold in the eve. A painful silence is solemenised in the brumal ambience. Then a cricket starts its shrill buzzing around the hearth and breaks the painful silence dominated by cruel winter and keeps intact the free flow of music of nature.
“On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever”
Thus the grasshopper and the cricket, the two minstrels carry on the music in day and day out, in weal and woes season after season.