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NCERT Solutions for Class 10th English First Flight


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Chapter Chapter 12. Dust of Snow (Poem)






Thinking About The Poem:

This poem presents a moment that seems simple, but has a larger significance. [Compare this other quotation from Robert Frost: “Always, always a larger significance... A little thing touches a larger thing.”)

Q1. What is a “dust of snow”? What does the poet say has changed his mood? How has the poet’s mood changed?

Answer: 'Dust of snow' are small particles of snow that remain on the body after the snowfall. The poet was is depresire, and snowfal mood but what the shower of snow has chaged his mood. Now he becomes position in his.

Q2. 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?

Answer: The birds maniy mamed is poems nightingale, cuckoo, sparrow, pigon, dove, duck etc. But crow is not oftenly mentioned in poems. If we think about any crow then our mind feels with sad and sorrow.   

(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?

Answer: A Poisonous plant having white flowers is a hemlock tree. The poet must have some rought, bitter experiences that made him sad that is way the poet doesn't write about a more 'beautiful' tree such as a maple or an oak, or a pain. 

(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?

Answer: The 'crow' and 'hemlock' represent joy. The dust of snow that the crow shakes off a hemlock tree stand for dry, cold, gloomy winter.

Q3. Have there been times when you felt depressed or hopeless? Have you experienced a similar moment that changed your mood that day?

Answer: The teacher may encourage the students narrate any incident that changed their mood e.g. a sight of dead animal , a scene of accident , treatment of some animal on the way , a funeral procession   etc.


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