MCQ ( Multiple Choice Questions ) with answers from – The Poetry of Earth
- Keats finds inspiration in-
Ans) b. Nature.
- The structure of ‘The Poetry of Earth’ is that of-
- Petrarchan sonnet
- Shakespearean sonnet
- Spenserian stanza
- Envelope sonnet
Ans) a. Petrarchan sonnet.
- The symbol used in the poem to signify poetry-
Ans) c. Music.
- The poetry of earth is never-
Ans) a. Dead.
- The phrase ‘The poetry of earth’ means-
- The luxurious summer
- The music of nature
- The delightful birds
- The songs of the grasshopper
Ans) b. The music of nature.
- The birds are faint because of-
- Summer luxury
- The hot sun
- The warmth of the stove
- The frost
Ans) b. The hot sun.
- The birds hide in-
- Shades of trees
- Shadow of trees
- Cold trees
- Cooling trees
Ans) d. Cooling trees.
- Grasshopper is associated with the season-
Ans) c. Summer.
- ‘From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead’- Here the word ‘hedge’ means-
Ans) c. Bush.
- The word ‘mead’ means-
- A kind of bird
Ans) b. Meadow.
- During summer the grasshopper continues the music of the earth when-
- The sun shines hot in the sky
- He runs from hedge to hedge
- The summer is luxurious
- The birds cease singing being tired
Ans) d. The birds cease singing being tired.
- The word ‘ease’ means-
Ans) d. Comfort.
- According to Keats, the music of the earth ceases-
- In summer
- In winter
- At no point of time
- In autumn
Ans) c. At no point of time.
- The winter evening is ‘lone’ because-
- Silence prevails everywhere
- There is no one around
- Of snowfall
- The poet is lonely
Ans) a. Silence prevails everywhere.
- Who sings in winter evenings?
Ans) d. Cricket.
- The seasons that are portrayed in the poem ‘The Poetry of Earth’are-
- Summer and winter
- Autumn and spring
- Summer and spring
- Autumn and winter
Ans) a. Summer and winter.
- The cricket’s song arises from the –
- Cooling trees
- Pleasant weeds
Ans) d. Stove.
- What does Keats celebrate in this poem?
- In this poem, Keats celebrates the music of the earth
- In this poem, Keats celebrates the grasshopper
- In this poem, Keats celebrates the cricket
- In this poem, Keats celebrates autumn.
Ans) a. In this poem, Keats celebrates the music of the earth.
- A winter evening is-
Ans) b. Silent.
- In winter the frost around creates-
- Shrill sound
Ans) b. Silence.
Short Answer Type Questions With Answers from – The Poetry of Earth
- What kind of a poem is ‘The Poetry of earth’?
Ans) ‘the poetry of Earth’ is a nature poem.
- What does Keats celebrate in the poem ‘The Poetry of earth’?
Ans) In the poem ‘The Poetry od the Earth’ Keats celebrates the music of the earth.
- Why do birds hide in the cooling trees?
Ans) The birds hide in the cooling trees in order to protect themselves from the scorching heat of the sun.
- Who refuses to sing in the hot summer?
Ans) The birds refuse to sing in the hot summer.
- When does the grasshopper take the lead?
Ans) The grasshopper takes the lead in the summer season.
- Explain ‘summer luxury’.
Ans) The grasshopper enjoys the summer season. He enjoys the abundance of the summer season and flies from hedge to hedge with its ceaseless music carrying the warmth of summer.
- Where was the Grasshopper seen in summer?
Ans) The grasshopper was seen beneath some pleasant weed in the summer.
- What does the grasshopper represent?
Ans) The grasshopper represents the summer season in ‘The Poetry of Earth’.
- What might one hear on a lone, cold and silent winter evening?
Ans) On a lone, cold winter evening, one could hear the song of the cricket.
- From where is the shrill song of the cricket heard in ‘The Poetry of Earth’?
Ans) The shrill song of the cricket can be heard from behind the stove in a winter evening.
- What precedes the song of the grasshopper?
Ans) The birds’ songs precede the song of the grasshopper.
- Who takes charge of the song in winter in ‘The Poetry of earth’?
Ans) the cricket takes charge of the song in winter in ‘The Poetry of Earth’.
- What does the cricket’s song seem to ‘one in drowsiness half lost’?
Ans) One who is lost in drowsiness, the song of the cricket would seem to be like that of the grasshopper once heard long back in the summer time.
- What does the winter season symbolise?
Ans) The winter season signifies morbidity, sadness and painfulness of life.
- What similarity do you find in the Octave and the Sestet of the poem ‘The Poetry of Earth’?
Ans) Both the Octave and the Sestet of the poem talks about the immortality of the music of the earth and how it never ceases.
Why does Keats use the constant sounds in the poem ‘The Poetry of Earth’?
Ans) Keats uses the constant sounds in ‘The Poetry of Earth’ to create a magical effect in the poem and nurture the sense of continuity.
- What does the voice speak of in Keats’ ‘The Poetry of Earth’?
Ans) The voice in Keats’ ‘The Poetry of earth’ speaks of the never-ending music of the earth.
- Where does the grasshopper rest?
Ans) The grasshopper rests beneath some pleasant weed.
- ‘…a voice will run’ – Whose voice is referred to here?
Ans) The voice of the grasshopper is referred to here.
- Explain ‘warmth increasing ever’.
Ans) In winter, the crickets shrill voice is heard from amongst the winter frost. The shrill voice of the cricket breaks the silence of winter and adds warmth to the chilly weather, thereby continuing the music of the earth.
- What is the tone of the poem ‘The Poetry of Earth’?
Ans) The tone of the poem ‘The Poetry of Earth’ is romantic.
Descriptive/ Analytical Questions with Answers from – The Poetry of The Earth
- ‘A voice will run…’- Whose voice is referred to here? Where will the voice run/ What is the significance of the voice?
Ans) The grasshopper’s voice is referred to here.
The voice of the grasshopper will run from hedge to hedge.
In the summer, when all the birds become exhausted in the scorching sun, the grasshoppers voice breaks the silence of the summer’s day. The grasshopper’s voice runs from hedge to hedge and becomes louder as other grasshopper’s join in. The song is so vibrant that it keeps the music of the earth rolling. And when it gets tired it rests in some pleasant weed.
- ‘ On a lone winter evening’ – How does the poet describe the loneliness and silence of winter?
Ans) In ‘The Poetry of Earth’, John Keats sketches the picture of a winter evening. In winter the silence engulfs the entire land and it becomes so chilling and frosty that people prefer staying indoors by the fireside. Birds and animals do not leave their shelter. When everything becomes frozen and looks lifeless, the cricket takes its lead by breaking the silence with its shrill cry from behind the stove. The frozen numbness is broken by the cricket’s song.
- Show after Keats, that the poetry of earth never comes to an end.
Ans) In ‘The Poetry of Earth’ Keats mainly focuses on the mystical aspect of nature, which provides inspiration for poetry. When everything ceases to make a noise the song of the cricket and the grasshopper becomes the voice of the earth and eternity. The poet presents the picture of a summer afternoon where the grasshopper moves from hedge to hedge calling in a shrill voice breaking the silence of the noon. In winter when the frost covers the earth, the cricket takes the lead and its voice brings back the vitality of life back to the frozen world. Thus the music of the earth never comes to an end. When the birds retire the grasshopper takes the lead and when the winter frost sets in the cricket leads on and in such a way the music of the earth goes on.
- Comment on the use of ‘symbolism’ in this poem.
Ans) Keats has made a brilliant use of symbolism in his poem ‘The Poetry of Earth’ The word ‘earth ‘stands for nature. Summer with its luxury stands for the youth and vigour and the blissful phase of our life. In winter everything is covered in frost and it symbolizes the stagnant and painful phase of life, the dull morbid picture of life without its vigour. Nature also has its pleasant and barren phase but it’s never devoid of its exuberant song. Some can hear the grasshopper’s song in summer and that of the crickets in winter. Again, the cycle of seasons, the birds, the grasshopper and the cricket symbolize the brevity of human life and activities in contrast to the eternal nature. The cycle of nature is unending and it continues in various forms. Similarly the music of the earth never ceases.
- What pictures of the two seasons does Keats draw in ‘The poetry of Earth’? How are the two pictures related?
Ans) Keats is a passionate lover of nature and in this poem he adores nature giving us the picture of two different seasons. The first picture is that of the summer where the scorching heat of the summer sun drains out the energy from every being and animal. The birds rest in some cool shade and nobody dares to step out in the scorching heat. At this hour a little grasshopper takes the lead and his shrill voice sounds from hedge to hedge. This breaks the monotony of summer and keeps the music of the earth alive.
Winter arrives with its cold winds, frost and death like silence. People stay indoors on a winter evening keeping them warm by the fireplace. Everything takes shelter to avoid the cold. No sound can be heard of any activity or movement. Breaking this painful silence the shrill cry of the cricket breaks the silence of the winter. To someone who is half asleep the sound reminds of the song of the grasshopper in the hot days of summer.
The two contrasting pictures are closely related. In the continuity of the cycle of seasons-what the grasshopper starts on a hot summer the cricket continues day in a lone winter evening. In this manner nature continues its rhythm and the music of the earth goes on uninterrupted.