Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Poem 01 - The Peacock - English Elective Class XI Notes - Woven Words

Poem 01 - The Peacock

UNDERSTANDING THE POEM

  1. Comment on the lines that make you visualise the colourful image of the peacock.

    The lines which help us visualise the colourful image of the peacock are as follows:
    “a flash of turquoise”, “A blue shadow will fall over you", “To shut those dark glowing eyes”, “Violet fringed with golden amber”.
    These lines give us a clear picture of the magnificent bird in all its glory.
  2. What are the cues that signal the presence of the peacock in the vicinity?

    A loud sharp call, flash of turquoise, a disappearing tail end, a blue shadow, the wind changing its direction and the awakening of the cat and its stretch are an indication that a peacock is in the vicinity.
  3. How does the connection drawn between the tail and the eyes add to the descriptive detail of the poem?

    The pattern on the tail of a peacock looks like eyes, but these eyes cannot be blinked. Rather the tail when contracted appears to give an illusion of blinking a lot of eyes together. This adds to the descriptive details of the poem.
  4. How does the poem capture the elusive nature of the peacock?

    The poem captures the elusive nature of the peacock by describing its activities that signal its presence indirectly. For example in the opening line of the poem we hear “His loud sharp call”, or we get a “glimpse of the very end of his tail” in the last line of the first stanza.
    If someone tries his best to get a glimpse of the elusive bird, he “might see the peacock turning away as he gathers his tail”.
    Such a description presents a very elusive nature of the peacock.
  5. The peacock is a colourful bird. How does the poem capture the various colours that its plumage displays?

    The poem captures the various colours of the peacock’s plumage by use of expressions like “turquoise”, “blue shadow”, “dark glowing eyes” and “Violet fringed with golden amber”. These expressions as we can see present the colours associated with peacocks very beautifully.

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