Class 11 & 12 Reading Poem No-16 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (200 Words Subjective/Objective Solved)

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Read the poem and answer the questions that follow:                                        

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wings

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks

down his narrow cage

can seldom see through

his bars of rage

his wings are clipped and

his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings

with fearful trill

of the things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill for the caged bird

sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees

and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn

and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams

his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream

his wings are clipped and his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom.

Choose the correct alternatives from the options given below:

(a) The caged bird is different from the free bird because

(i) it does not have any wings to fly                (ii) its tail has been clipped

(iii) it cannot fly in the sky                              (iv) it can sing

(b) The caged bird’s song expresses

 (i)his desire for unknown things                    (ii) his desire for freedom

 (iii) his nightmares                                         (iv) all the above

Answer the following questions briefly in your own:

 (c) What does the phrase ‘claims the sky’ in the first stanza tell us about this bird?

 (d) What do the ‘bars of rage’ tell us about the condition of the bird in the second stanza?

 (e) Though the bird in the second stanza is in captivity he has not lost his spirit. Pick out a line from this stanza that tells us this.

(f) In the third and fourth stanza, the condition of the free bird and the caged bird have been highlighted. Pick out any one contrasting image from these lines.

(g) Explain the phrase ‘grave of dreams.

 (h) Why has the caged bird’s long been called a ‘fearful trill’?

Find words from the passage which mean the same as each of the following:

(i)the opposite of upstream (stanza 1)

(j) cut (stanza 2)

ANSWERS:-

 (a) (iii)

(b) (iv)

 (c) That it has the whole sky to fly in/it is free(anyone)

(d) It is angry at the loss of its freedom

 (d) The line that tells us this is `his wings are clipped and/his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing’

 (f) free bird thinks of the next breeze that it will ride on/it thinks of the fat worms that it will eat/it has the whole sky to fly in (anyone)

(g) The caged bird has had to bury all his dreams/ the caged bird has no hope left

(h) The song expresses his fears at having lost his freedom

 (i) downstream

 (j) clipped

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