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Autumn by John Clare (Textual Questions and Answers)


John Clare

Textual Questions and Answers

Autumn by John Clare  (Textual Questions and Answers) 

What is the Theme of the Poem?

In the above poem the poet John Clare presents the vivid picture of Autumn 's beauty in the countryside. On giving various account of its beauty, it is characterized by falling leaves, bare branches and strong winds.

Analysis of the poem:

By this poem John Clare presents the beauty of Autumn with his own sweet will. In the very beginning of the poem the poet expressed that he loves the wind that shakes the casement all through the day and from the mossy elm-tree, it takes away all the faded leaves and twirled them near the window pane and thousands others leaves also twirled by the wind down the lane.              

                 The poet also loves to see the twig that shakes by the strong wind of Autumn and it dances till the evening .The sparrow sits on the cottage's roof and its chirping notes make believe us that spring just flirted by in summers lap. 

                 The poet loves to see the smoke of cottage that curls upward through the naked trees. On dull November days the pigeons move around its nest and the cock crows upon the dung hill. The mill continuously moves through the meadows. The feathers of raven fall on the stubble lea.

                In Autumn, the fruit acorn falls from the tree near the old crow's nest by making pattering sound and the pigs grunt and wait for all in hurrying mood and they scramble to get those fruits.

View of the Poem:

Actually the poem is nothing but poet's own view of nature that he hardly described the beauty of Autumn in countryside, all through the poem. 

John Claire wrote several poems expressing intense joy in windy weather. Perhaps the wind was an elite quality for him, and turned into something elusive, powerful, and incredible creature that could be excitingly discovered affecting his creatures, birds, trees, and mammals that are painstakingly observed in so many parts of his poetry.

Claire's air-blown landscape is somewhat neatly built: it enriches even the numbered mammals. In fact, it brings together two aspects of Clare, the self-conscious and well-read literary artist and the intensely local and conscious nature-poet.

In the poem above, poet John Claire presents a vivid picture of the beauty of Autumn in the countryside. In addition to giving various details of its beauty, it is characterized by fallen leaves, empty branches and strong winds.

Textual Questions and Answers

Exercise – 01

Tick the correct answer from the given alternatives.

1. All through the day the fitful gust shakes the –

(a) window-pane

(b) Curtains

(c) Casement

(d) Door

Answer: (c) casement

2. The poet loves to see the shaking twig dance till the

(a) Coming of dawn

(b) End of night

(c) End of afternoon

(d) Shut of eve

Answer: (d) Shut of eve

3. The sparrow sat on the

(a) Cottage rig

(b) House-top

(c) Mossy elm-tree

(d) Casement

Answer: (a) Cottage rig

4. The pigeons nestled round the

(a) Cage

(b) Cote

(c) Branch

(d) Heath

Answer: (b) Cote

5. The cock was crowing upon the

(a) Dung hill

(b) Lea

(c) Tree tops

(d) Mill-sails

Answer: (a) Dung hill

6. The grunting pigs

(a) Walk slowly

(b) Scamper by

(c) Scramble and hurry

(d) Dive and swim

Answer: (c) Scramble and hurry

Exercise – 02

Answer the following questions within twenty five words.

1. What happens to the leaves of the mossy elm-tree in Autumn?

Answer: The sudden blast of the wind drives away the worn-out leaves from the mossy elm-tree in Autumn twirling them by the window pane to scatter down the lane.

2. What are the things, the poet loves to see on November days?

Answer: On dull November days the poet loves to see the cottage smoke curling upwards through the trees, the pigeons nestled in their cote, the cocks crowing upon the dung-hill and the mills whirling over the heath.3

Exercise – 03

State whether the following sentences are in Active voice or in Passive Voice.

a. Anil will visit his grandfather’s house. (Active Voice)

b. The President has left his office. (Active Voice)

c. The project will have been finished by the students. (Passive Voice)

d. Promita’s leave has been sanctioned by the school authority. (Passive Voice)

Exercise – 04

Change the voices of the following sentences.

a. The boy has read out the letter (Active Voice)

Answer: The letter has been read out by the boy. (Passive Voice)

b. I shall have bought a cricket bat by tomorrow. (Active Voice)

Answer: A cricket bat will have been bought by me by tomorrow (Passive Voice)

c. Sohini’s friends had organized a picnic. (Active Voice)

Answer: A picnic had been organized by Sohini’s friends. (Passive Voice)

d. A football team will put up a brave fight. (Active Voice)

Answer: A brave fight will be put up by the football team. (Passive Voice)

Exercise – 05

Change the following sentences into indirect speech.

a. I said to him, “Will you share your tiffin with me?” (Direct Speech)

Answer: I asked him if/whether he would share his tiffin with me. (Indirect Speech)

b. Anjan’s mother said, “Your father has left for Mumbai.” (Direct Speech)

Answer: Anjan’s mother said that my father had left for Mumbai. (Indirect Speech)

c. The girls triumphantly said, “Hurrah! We have won the match.” (Direct Speech)

Answer: The girls exclaimed with joy/ triumph that they had won the match. (Indirect Speech)

d. He says, “Let you be successful in life.” (Direct Speech)

Answer: He wishes that I may be successful in life (Indirect Speech)

e. The captain informed, “The tournament was postponed last month.” (Direct Speech)

Answer: The Captain informed that the tournament had been postponed the previous month. (Indirect Speech)

Exercise – 06

Use the following flow-chart to write a paragraph within 100 words on how to make a paper.

Flow chart: cutting down of bamboos –making pulp –adding chemicals –rolling into sheets –adding color –dying –ready for use.

How paper is made

How paper is made

We can hardly spend a day without using paper. Making paper is however very interesting. At first, the main ingredients like woods, rags, straws, bamboos, old paper scraps etc. are collected. Then, they are cur or torn into pieces and cleaned well. Next the pieces are dipped into water and mixed with lime to make them soft. The mixture is, later, whirled by machine to produce white pulp. Thereafter, it is passed over wire-meshes followed by heated rollers to roll flat. In this way paper-sheets are produced and they are pressed, dried and made smooth. After that, they are cut into different sizes. Finally, the sheets are packed, labeled and sent to the market for sale.    

Exercise – 07

Write a biography of Annie Besant within 100 words based on the hints given below.

Hints: Born on 1st of October 1847 in London –famous British writer –well known socialist, activist for the rights of women –participated Indian politics –joined the Indian National Congress –became the first woman president of the Indian National Congress in 1917 –passed away on 20th of September 1933 in Madras, India.

Annie Besant

Annie Besant

Annie Besant was one of those foreigners who were known as well-wishers of India. She was born on 1st October 1847 in London in the middle-class family. She was a famous British writer and an orator. She was also a prominent socialist and activist for the rights of women. She fought for the cause of women’s right and birth control all through her life. She came to India and participated in Indian freedom movement and became the first woman president of the Indian National Congress in 1917. She campaigned against the British rule for democracy and dominion status of India. This great soul passed away on 20th September, 1933 in Madras, India, creating a big vacuum in the hearts of the Indians.


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