NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Poem Chapter 1 Dust of Snow are part of NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English. Here we have given NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Poem Chapter 1 Dust of Snow.
|Subject||English First Flight Poem|
|Chapter Name||Dust of Snow|
Thinking About the Poem
What is a ‘dust of snow’ ? What does the poet say has changed his mood ? How has the poet’s mood changed ? (V. Imp.)
A ‘dust of snow’ means particles of snow held together. The falling of the dust of snow on him changed his mood. First he felt sad. But the falling of the dust of snow changed his mood. It changed it towards the beauty of nature or in a different way.
How does Frost present nature in this poem ? The following questions may help you to think of an answer :
(i) What are the birds that are usually named in poems ? Do you think a crow is often mentioned in poems ? What images come to your mind when you think of a crow ?
(ii) Again, what is “a hemlock tree” ? Why doesn’t the poet write about a more’‘beautiful’ tree such as a maple, or an oak, or a pine ?
(iii) What do the ‘crow’ and ‘hemlock’ represent—joy or sorrow ? What does the dust of snow that the crow shakes off a hemlock tree stand for ?
(i) Birds with great qualities are usually named in poems. Some of such popular birds are cuckoo, mynah, peacock, parrot etc. A crow is rarely mentioned in poems. However, it is mentioned where there are tragic or serious themes. It is looked at ominously. When I think of a crow I make images of sadness. These may also be of some bad happening or somebody’s coming to my house.
(ii) ‘A hemlock tree’ is a poisonous plant. It has small white flowers. Thejaoet does not do so. It is because it (the crow) suits better the occasion. It also suits the pitiable mood he is in.
(iii) The ‘crow’ and ‘a hemlock tree’ represent sorrow and evil. The dust of snow stands for some natural joy or something joyful. It means the sad day is going to change. It is going to change into something joyful for the poet.
Have there been times when you felt depressed or hopeless ? Have you experienced a similar moment that changed your mood that day ?
There have been times when I have felt sad, depressed and hopeless.
But after that something has taken place. That has changed those sad moments into those of relief.
For example, once I felt sad when I got a letter of rejection for a job. But after an hour or so I got a telephone. I was asked to join another job.
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