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Thinking about the Poem Animals NCERT Solutions Class 10th (Page 84)
1. Notice the use of the word ‘turn’ in the first line, “I think I could turn and live with animals …”. What is the poet turning from?
Ans. The poet compares animals and humans. He thinks that animals are better than human beings. So he thinks that he can turn away from a human being and go to live with the animals.
2. Mention three things that humans do and animals don’t.
Ans. (i) Human beings cry about their conditions, but animals do not do so.
(ii) Human beings lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins. But the animals do not weep for their sins.
(iii) Human beings make the poet sick by discussing their duty to God, but the animals do not do so.
3. Do humans kneel to other humans who lived thousands of years ago? Discuss this in groups.
Ans. Yes, human beings do that. They do so to show respect to the elderly. It is a cultural/moral feature of our society.
4. What are the ‘tokens’ that the poet says he may have dropped long ago, and which the animals have kept for him? Discuss this in class. (Hint: Whitman belongs to the Romantic tradition that includes Rousseau and Wordsworth, which holds that civilisation has made humans false to their own true nature. What could be the basic aspects of our nature as living beings that humans choose to ignore or deny?)
Ans. The ‘tokens’ that Whitman speaks of are the tokens of love, affection, kindness, truth, honesty, sympathy, fellow-feelings, etc. towards one and all. It is sad that these good human virtues have disappeared. The poet feels very bad. He thinks that in this regard animals are better than human beings.