English CBSE Class 12 NCERT Flamingo Poem 4 A thing of Beauty Free Solution of Textbook Questions and Answers
A THING OF BEAUTY
(Text Book Questions)
Think it out
Q 1. List the things of beauty mentioned in the poem.
Answer: Things of beauty mentioned in the poem are – the Sun, the Moon, young and old trees, daffodils, clear rills, mid forest brakes and stories of brave soldiers.
Q 2. List the things that cause suffering and pain.
Answer: Things that cause suffering are – spite, despondency, gloomy days. Our unhealthy ways and other darkened ways are also source of suffering and pain. Absence of noble people and nobler ways dampens our spirits and cause sadness.
Q 3. What does the line, ‘Therefore are we wreathing a flowery band to bind us to earth’ suggest to you?
Answer: Here earth represents nature. Every day we remain connected to nature. Our attachment with nature is eternal. Nature is a thing of beauty, it removes sadness from our heart.
Q 4. What makes human beings love life in spite of troubles and sufferings?
Answer: There is sadness and troubles in our life. These cause gloomy days. But a thing of beauty removes all the pall. These serve as an endless fountain of immortal drink right from the heaven.
Q 5. Why is ‘grandeur’ associated with the ‘mighty dead’?
Answer: ‘Mighty dead’ refers to soldiers who had died for their country. It also refers to those people who had done good work for society.
Sacrifice of soldiers and works of noble people is of very high order and inspires us. Hence it is called ‘grandeur’.
Q 6. Do we experience things of beauty only for short moments or do they make a lasting impression on us?
Answer: Things of beauty is a joy forever. It becomes better with passage of time. It never passes into nothingness. Its lovingness goes on increasing.
So a thing of beauty makes a lasting impression on us.
Q 7. What image does the poet use to describe the beautiful bounty of the earth?
Answer: Poet has used the image of ‘an endless fountain of immortal drink’ to describe the bounty of earth. The bounty of earth includes the Sun, The moon, trees, greenery, clear rills and flowers.