The Daffodils | Important Questions | Alternative English | 1st Year / Class 11 – Commerce | AHSEC (Assam)

The Daffodils | Important Questions | Alternative English | 1st Year / Class 11 – Commerce | AHSEC (Assam)

Q. Where were the daffodils growing? (1mark) (2015/2016) 

-> The daffodils are growing beside a lake under green trees.

Q. Where does the memory of the daffodils flash? (1mark) (2015)

-> The memory of the daffodils flashes in the mind of the poet whenever he felt lovely and had a pensive mood.

Q. What ‘wealth’ does the poet gain from the daffodils? (2marks) (2015)

-> The view of the golden daffodils is the ‘wealth’. The poetic device is metaphor. The view made him happy and joyful in times of his solitude. It helped him in times of his distress. 

Q. What comparison does the poet draw between the waves and the daffodils? (2marks) (2015)

-> As per william Wordsworth with the dance of the daffodils the waves of the lake also danced. But the dance of the daffodils was better than the waves. The daffodils were dancing cheerfully like the infinite twinkling stars in the sky but the waves sent out flashes of light while dancing.

Q. Describe in your own words the landscape which inspired the poet to write “The Daffodils”. (3marks) (2016)

-> The landscapes which inspired the poet to write “The Daffodils'' was fully of beauty and charm. While wandering aimlessly like the clouds over the hills and valleys, the poet saw a cluster of golden daffodils besides a lake under a tree. Like the infinite twinkling stars in the sky, they were stretched over an indenting line along the bay of the lake. These daffodils were dancing with joy with their dancing and the waves also danced. Even such a beautiful landscape filled the poet with immense joy and pleasure. The beauty of golden daffodils inspired the poet to write “The Daffodils' ' as it had an everlasting impact on the mind of the poet.

Q. What happens to the poet when he is lying on his couch in a pensive mood? (1mark) (2016)

-> When the poet was laying on his couch in a pensive mood the view of the daffodils flashed in his mind and he was filled with joy and pleasure.

Q. For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;   (2017)

i) Who is the ‘I’ referred to in the above lines? (1mark)

-> I here refer to the poet Wordsworth.

 ii. Who are the ‘they’ referred to in the above lines? (1mark)

-> They are the daffodils.

Or

 What does ‘inward eye’ mean? (1mark)

-> The inward eye means the spiritual eye (insight)

iii. Why is the poet in a ‘vacant’ and ‘pensive’ mode? (3marks)

-> The poet sitting on a couch is feeling bored like a teenager with no great thoughts and sight. He feels that his mind is empty at that moment, no happiness and no zeal. He is in such a vacant and pensive mood.

Or

Describe the scene that flashes through the poet’s inward eye. (3marks)

-> In his vacant mood the sight of the daffodils flashes through his inward eye. The very memory of such a beautiful sight makes him extremely happy; equally happen as he was when he had seen the real daffodils which had erased his loneliness from his heart. His heart is set to rhythm by the memory of the dancing flowers.

Q. Describe in your own words the sight that Wordsworth sees when he is wandering around ‘lonely as a cloud’. (2marks) (2017)

-> Wordsworth in the poem the Daffodils says that he was wandering lonely and then he notices the daffodils. He describes the daffodils as excessively beautiful and heart touching. The golden daffodils were dancing with the moving wind.

Q. How does Wordsworth personify the daffodils? (3marks) (2017)

-> Wordsworth personifies the daffodils vividly. He says that the yellow daffodils were dancing and moving in ecstasy. He says that the daffodils were even tossing their heads while dancing. He expresses his own happiness to see the wonderful flowers.

Q. With what does Wordsworth compare the daffodils? (1mark) (2017)

-> Wordsworth compares the daffodils with the stars.

Q. Why are the daffodils compared to the Milky Way? (2marks) (2018)

-> Daffodils have been compared to the Milky Way because they were dancing cheerful like the shining stars.

Q. What impact do the daffodils have on Wordsworth? (5marks) (2016/2018)

-> The Daffodils have an everlasting impact on the mind of the poet Head First seen the Daffodils beside a lake he was cheerful as the natural beauty of Daffodils and trusted him with a sense of joy and pleasure. He was charmed by the beauty of the Daffodils. It had made him free from all troubles faced in solitude. It had became a source of joy for him. Whenever the poet was in a pensive mood or melancholic, for college the view of the Golden Daffodils flashed in his mind and treated him with a sense of joy and happiness. The view of Daffodils is bliss of Solitude to the poet so the Daffodils have an everlasting impact on the mind of the poet.

Q. What impact do the daffodils have on Wordsworth’s life? (5marks) (2019)

-> When the poet had first seen the scene of daffodils, he had not realized its importance. He just looked steadily for a long time and became cheerful by viewing the scenic beauty of the daffodils. He did not pay any attention to the impact of the view on his mind. But it was later on whenever was alone and in an off- mood he realized its importance. Because suddenly when the view flashed in his mind, it made him happy and he forgets his material surroundings and feels himself with those cheerful daffodils. Only then he could know that the view had left him a treasure of pleasure and cheerfulness.

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