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My mother. Rabindra Nath Tagore.

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My mother. Rabindra Nath Tagore.

  1. 1. Rabindra Nath Tagore Nageswar Rao . A.
  2. 2. I cannot remember my mother, Only sometime in the midst of my play a tune seems to hover over my playthings, the tune of some song that she used To hum while rocking my cradle.
  3. 3. I cannot remember my mother, but when in the early autumn morning the smell of the shiuli flowers floats in the air, the scent of the moving service in the temple comes to me as the scent of my mother.
  4. 4. I cannot remember my mother, only when from my bedroom window I send my eyes into the blue of the distant sky, I feel that the stillness of my mother’s gaze on my face has spread all over the sky.
  5. 5. The tune of a song that his mother often sang. While rocking his cradle mother sang a particular song. What did his play things remind him of? What did mother do while rocking his cradle?
  6. 6. The shiuli flowers bloom and spread their fragrance in Autumn. This reminds him of his mother’s visit to the temple with flowers. What memories does autumn bring on?
  7. 7. Perhaps as a child he was told that his mother was above in the heaven. The calmness of the blue sky reminds of his mother’s serene gaze. Why does the sky remind of his mother?
  8. 8. “Imagery” is a poetic device to describe something in detail, using words to substitute and create sensory stimulation, including visual imagery and sound imagery. In the above poem, the poet wonderfully took the help of “imagery” to express his feelings.
  9. 9. 'A tune seems to hover over my playthings'. Read the given extract and answer the questions that follows: a) To stay in the same position in the air without moving. b) What tune does he recall? b) The tune of the song that his mother used to hum while rocking his cradle. a) What does the word “hover” mean?
  10. 10. "I cannot remember my mother". '. Read the given extract and answer the questions that follows: a) Why can he not remember her? . b) He says this line repeatedly, but often remembers her. Explain. b) It is clear that certain smells, sounds and associations make him often think of her but he cannot actually recall her face. a) She died at a young age.
  11. 11. Read the given extract and answer the questions that follows: a) It has a powerful fragrance. Mention any 3 aspects of the Shiuli flowers. "Shiuli flowers floats in the air". b) It blossoms in August. c) It is used in worship.
  12. 12. I cannot remember my mother, Only sometime in the midst of my play a tune seems to hover over my playthings, the tune of some song that she used To hum while rocking my cradle. a) What is the poet doing when he remembers his mother? b) What is it that reminds the poet of his mother? c) When did the poet's mother hum the song? Answer the questions yourself:
  13. 13. I cannot remember my mother, but when in the early autumn morning the smell of the shiuli flowers floats in the air, the scent of the moving service in the temple comes to me as the scent of my mother. Answer the questions yourself: a) What is it that occurs in autumn that reminds the poet of his mother? b) What did the mother do with the Shiuli flowers?
  14. 14. I cannot remember my mother, only when from my bedroom window I send my eyes into the blue of the distant sky, I feel that the stillness of my mother’s gaze on my face has spread all over the sky. Answer the questions yourself: a) Why do you think the poet looks out into the distant sky? b) Explain "I feel that the stillness of my mother's gaze on my face has spread all over the sky“
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