NBSE Class-9| Alternative English| Chapter-6 Sonnet – To Science

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NBSE Class-9| Alternative English| Chapter-6 Sonnet – To Science

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I. Explain with reference to context. 

1. Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art! Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes. Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart, Vulture, whose wings are dull realities? 

a. How does the poet present Science in line 1? 

Ans:- The poet presents Science as the daughter of Old Time in line 1. 

b. Pick out a verb and a phrase that relate Science and the vulture. 

Ans:- Verb: Preyest Phrase: with thy peering eyes 

c. What do ‘dull realities’ refer to? 

Ans:- ‘Dull realities’ refer to the facts and logic of science which annihilate imagination and its beauty. 

2. Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood, The Elfin from the green grass, and from me The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree? 

a.The poet appears to accuse Science of having displaced people. Locate the subject and the dwelling place. 

Ans:- (i) Naiads from flood

(ii) Elfin from green grass 

(iii) dreams from the poet 

b. What is the possible outcome of the ‘summer dream”? 

Ans:- The possible outcome of the ‘summer dream’ is the composition of a poem, a creation of imagination inspired in the tranquility of the shade of a tamarind tree. 

c. Identify the couplet and the rhyme scheme. 

Ans:- “The Elfin from the green grass, and from me/The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree?” are the couplet and the rhyme scheme is ‘a a’. 

II. Answer these questions. 

1. What is the impression you form of the poet from this sonnet? Does this match your own image of a poet? Explain. 

Ans:- The poem is an expression of the poet’s concern on the destruction of emotion and feelings in humans due to advancement in science and technology. He is a nature lover who loves living in association with nature more than the facts. of science. He accuses science of displacing the ways of life which include values and ideals found in nature and in human soul. 

The impression formed of the poet from this sonnet matches the image of a poet. According to me, a poet should have inspiring quality of pointing out vices of the society and provide means to improve or bring about change through words in his poem. The poet, Edgar Allen Poe, has successfully done the same which makes him a poet in the real sense.

2. Does this poem trouble you? Explain your reasons. 

Ans:- The poet brings out the adverse effect of science on the simplicity and pure nature of human beings. He points out that with the advancement in science and technology undue emphasis is laid on logic and facts at the expense of imagination and intuition which is destroying the way human beings think and feel. This poem is like a warning that our engrossment in materialism will make us stone hearted with no emotions and feelings. 

III. Going Beyond 

1. The right to dream is as important to a scientist as to a poet. Is there really a clash of interest? Explain your views in an essay of 150 words. 

Ans:- By definition, science is the study of the physical world and its manifestations, by using systematic observation and experimentation. Laws of physical science are laws that are taken to be universally applicable. But this does not mean that application of these laws require no imagination and dream. Imagination has given way to inventions of numerous machines and improvement in technology. It is as important as to a poet whose entire work is based on imagination. Science may not require imagination and dream but its application requires them.

Class-9 Alternative English Notes/Solutions

Chapter No.Chapter’s Name
Chapter 1On The Rule Of the Road
Chapter 2The Ogress and the two Orphans
Chapter 3The Indomitable spirit of Youth
Chapter 4The tunguska Event: Siberia 1908
Chapter 5The Devoted friends
Chapter 6Sonnet – To Science
Chapter 7The character of a Happy Life
Chapter 8Mother’s Tears
Chapter 9The Soul’s Prayer
1.The Tale of Ivan the Fool
4.Reported speech
1.Story Writing
4.Newspaper Report
1.Listening Transcripts

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