Q No 3: BA Annual Paper 2015, Group 2

Q No3: Attempt any TWO of the following questions (200-225 words each)              10+10


  • “The Huntsman is a blend of funny and unfunny aspects of life, the elements of suspense and irony create a shocking impact”. Do you agree? Explain you answer.

Answer: The poem The Huntsman is a strange blend of the funny and unhappy aspects of human life. This poem is full with the elements of fun, irony and suspense that create a shocking impact in the reader’ mind. Being full of suspense and irony, it is quite dramatic. The poem is great blend of funny and unfunny aspects of life.

Kagwa was a hunter of lions. While hunting, he saw the talking skull of a man, returning home, consulted and informed of the king everything. The king sent the two guards to verify the story. But the skull spoke nothing and Kagwa was killed according to the order of the king. The huntsman becomes the hunted.

The poet draws our attention to a tragic fact. The huntsman becomes the hunted a prey to a cruel fate. “Silence is gold” is also one of the important ideas of the poem. It is said, “Think before you speak and look before you leap”. It is the irony of fate that the huntsman himself becomes a prey to the cruel and remorseless fate only because of his loses tongue to too much talking.

The poet, in fact, has advised us to avoid loose or too much talking. He has highlighted a bitter reality of lie that we should never talk about anything unless asked for. We should never talk much before dictators or despotic kings.


  • What is the significance of the song in The Solitary Reaper!

William Words Wroth is not impressed by the loneliness of the highland girl, the solitary reaper, or her devotion to her work of reaping the crop or corn but only by the melodious music or her song.  The recollection of the scene gathers all the similes and metaphors (description) and he composes the poem titled the ‘Solitary Reaper’ steeped (sheer) in romantic elements.

Once he went to Scotland and met a lovely maiden there, working in the fields. Her lovely prese5nce and her song in a foreign land and in a foreign language forced the poet to compose such extra ordinary poem the beautiful girl appears to be the part of beauty and nature.

The recollection of this happy experience became a source of this great poem. The poet visited Scotland alone. Her song was so impressive that the poet could not help listening to it. Her song is so impressive that the whole valley is over flowing with her song. The poet compares the girl with the cuckoo and nightingale. Her song is sweeter than these birds. The poet is not sure what is she singing? He guesses about her song. He is not sure what is she singing? In the end, the poet is of the opinion that it seems that her song will not end. A lot of time as passed but the poet cannot forget it. The lovely presence of girl and her song moved the poet to compose these verses.

3) Draw a character sketch of the woman in the poem Woman Work.

In her poem, ‘Women Work’ Maya Angelou has drawn a character sketch of a domestic woman, who really stands for other domestic women who really stand for other domestic work.

Firstly, the poetess highlights the domestic women feelings of boredom and disgust which are the outcome of her dull and drab life of doing domestic chores in a mechanical routine.

Secondly, the poetess brings out that the life of a domestic woman is blessed with children, she has to clean up the floor of her house with a mop. She has to go out to various shops to purchase things of daily use.

Thirdly, the poetess points out that a domestic woman has to fry the chickens, dry the body of her baby after bathing her. She has also to serve the guests. Moreover, she has to take the weeds out of her garden. She has to iron the clothes of her family member. She has to dress her small children members. She has to dress her small children. She has to cut the cane and clear up her hut.

Lastly, the poetess points out the keen desire of the domestic woman to go out and participate in nature around her. She evokes the sunshine, the moon-glow, stars, ocean, wind, snow, sky and other elements of nature to carry her with them, above the material world. She wishes to lose and find herself in the company of the various elements of nature. Thus she wants to give a touch of joy and imagination to her ordinary prosaic life.

The poetess has drawn a faithful picture of a domestic woman. She really stands for every domestic woman.

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