NBSE Class-10| Alternative English| Chapter-3 Closed Path

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POETRY

: Rabindranath Tagore

STANZAWISE SUMMARY

The poet introspects and thinks that he has reached the end of his ability to do anything more because his creative energy is exhausted. He thinks that his writing days are over. Perhaps he should wait patiently for the enti of his life.

He looks towards God and tells him that His will is still working within him. He feels inspired by God to compose music when he was thinking that he had lost his ability to write. God seems to open new creative pathways for him even though the old ones were closing. In his weakness the poet finds God’s strength leading him towards newer avenues of creativity. He feels inspired to compose music when he thought his literary abilities were failing.

I.Choose the correct option.

1. What is the poet experiencing in the poem?

a. Doubts about his faith.

b. The end of a journey

c. Mid-life crisis

d. Writer’s block

Ans. c. Mid-life crisis

2. Which of the following sayings reflects the message of the poem you have just read?

a. ‘When one door closes another opens.’ 

b. ‘Every cloud has a silver lining.”

c. ‘God works in my mysterious ways.”

d. ‘Be content with what you have.’

Ans. a. ‘When one door closes another opens.’

3. What has the poem taught you about getting your creative juices flowing again?

a. Keep your faith and devotion to God strong.

b. Travel around the world. 

c. Find inspiration in music.

d. Try out something new and different.

Ans. d. Try out something new and different.

4.Why is it important to have a purpose in life? 

a. So all the decisions you have to make can be oriented towards creating a life you want to lead. 

b. To achieve heavenly satisfaction, it is necessary that you set yourself virtuous and noble goals.

c. A life without any purpose is a life that is not worth living.

d. Having a purpose ensures you make no mistakes and lead the perfect life.

Ans. c. A life without any purpose is a life that is not worth living.

II. Explain with reference to context.

1. I thought that my voyage had come to its end at the last limit of my power, that the path before me was closed.

 a. What voyage is the poet talking about? 

Ans. The poet is talking about the voyage of creative writing.

b. Why was he thinking so? 

Ans. He was thinking so because he felt that his power of creative writing was exhausted. 

c. Explain the second line.

Ans. The poet thinks that perhaps his days of creative writing are exhausted. He has lost his creative energy.

2. that provisions were exhausted and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity. But I find that thy will knows no end in me.

a. When do you think the poet would have felt so?

Ans. I think the poet would have felt so when he was tired of writing the same type of things. He might have felt monotonous.

b. Does the poet see better days after this?

Ans. Yes, the poet sees better days after this because he finds that God’s will is still working within him and he feels inspired to compose music. 

c. Who is the poet talking to?

Ans. The poet is talking to God.

III. Answer the questions.

1. Whose will does the poet refer to?

Ans. The poet refers to God’s will.

2. To what does the poet compare his newfound ability to sing?

Ans. The poet compares his new found ability to sing to new creative pathways leading him towards newer avenues of creativity.

3. Would you consider this a spiritual or a social poem? Give a reason for your answer. 

Ans. I would consider this a spiritual poem as the poet is talking to God in this poem.

Class-10 Alternative English Notes/Solutions

Chapter No.Chapter’s Name
PROSE
Chapter 1The Fragrance of The Gods
Chapter 2Man Against Virus
Chapter 3Speech by Severn Suzuki
Chapter 4In Celebration of Being Alive
Chapter 5The Ambitious Guest
POETRY
Chapter 1To Sleep
Chapter 2Prayer of the Meek
Chapter 3Closed Path
Chapter 4Old Folks Laugh
GRAMMAR
1.Degree of Comparison
2.Conjunctions
3.Prepositions
4.Active and Passive Voice
5.Clauses
Reading
WRITING SKILLS
1.Newspaper Report
2.Article
3.Story-Writing
4.Dialogue
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The Diary of a Young Girl

Additional Questions & Answers

Q.1. Read the lines and answer the question that follows: 

“But I find that thy will knows no end in me.

And when old words die out on the tongue,

New melodies break forth from the heart.” (Closed path)

a.Why does the poet feel that his writing skill has no end?

Ans. When the poet feels he has lost his ability to write, God seems to open out new creative pathways for him. He can see the strength of God leading him towards newer avenues of creativity. So, he feels that his writing skill has no end.

b. Why is it important to have a purpose in life? 

Ans. It is important to have a purpose in life because it inspires a person to go on working and taking interest in life. 

2. What does the poet mean when he says he has come to the end of his journey? 

Ans. When the poet says that he has come to the end of his journey, he means to say that his power of creative writing is exhausted.

3.What is the mood expressed in the first verse?How does the metaphor help in describing the mood? 

Ans. The mood expressed in the first verse is the mood of disappointment and frustration.

The metaphor of the end of voyage helps in describing the mood. The poet compares the end of the creative writing to the end of voyage.

4. What inspired Rabindranath Tagore to compose music? (Closed Path)

Ans. God’s will inspired Rabindranath Tagore to compose music when he was thinking that his creative energy was exhauted.

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