1. What do these phrases mean to you? Discuss in class :
(i) humid shadows
(ii) starry spheres 7
(ill) What a bliss
(iv) a thousand dreamy fancies into busy being start
(v) a thousand recollections weave their air-threads into woof.
Ans. (i) Humid shadows: Humid shadows refer to the dark clouds filled with water vapours.
(ii) Starry spheres: Starry spheres means the countless stars in this vast cosmos.
(iii) What a bliss: What a bliss’means it is very enjoyable to lie in a cosy warm bed when it is raining outside.
(iv) A thousand dreamy fancies into busy being the start: When the poet was lying in his cosy warm bed and it was raining heavily outside, a large number of images rose in his mind.
(v) A thousand recollections weave their air-threads into woof: A large number of recollections of the past begin to weave themselves in his mind.
2. What does the poet like to do when it rains?
Ans. When it rains the poet likes to keep lying in his cosy bed and enjoy listening to the patter of the soft raindrops
3. What is the single major memory that comes to the poet? Who are the “darling dreamers” he refers to?
Ans. The single major memory that comes to the poet is the memory of his mother. The “darling dreamers” he refers to are all the children of the mother.
4. Is the poet now a child? In his mother still alive?
Ans. No, the poet is not a child now Ile is now quite grown up. Ills mother is also not still alive. She had died a long time earlier
5. (i) When you were a young child, did your mother tuck you in, as the poets did?
(ii) Do you like rain? What does you do when it rains steadily or heavily as in this poem?
(iii) 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 during rains; what they do when it rains.
Ans. Do yourself.