NCERT Solutions Class 9 English - Beehive Poem Chapter 4 The Lake Isle of Innisfree

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Thinking About The Poem

Question.1. What kind of place is Innisfree? Think about :
(i) The three things the poet wants to do when he goes back there (stanza I);
(a) The poet wants to build a small cabin with clay and wattles.
(b) He wants to plant nine rows of beans.
(c) He wants to keep honey bee hives.

(ii) What he hears and sees there and its effect on him (stanza II);
(a) He hears the cricket’s song.
(b) He beholds linnets flying in the sky.
(c) He sees glimmering midnight and glowing rooms.

(iii) What he hears in his “heart’s core” even when he is far away from Innisfree (stanza III).
Ans. When the poet is far away from Innisfree he hears the sound of the lake water washing the shore in his “heart’s core”.

Question.2. By now you may have concluded that Innisfree is a simple, natural place, full of beauty and peace. How does the poet contrast it with where he now stands? (Read stanza III.)
Ans. The poet contrasts the clay and wattle made cabin, bee loud glade, morning with dews and cricket’s songs, midnight with glimmer, noon with purple glow, evenings with linnet’s songs, lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore etc., all the simple beauties of Innisfree with the loud, noisy, dull and concrete pavements of the London streets.

Question.3. Do you think Innisfree is only a place, or a state of mind? Does the poet actually miss the place of his boyhood days?
Ans. Although Innisfree is the poet’s childhood haunt, it also represents his state of mind. The poet wishes to escape to Innisfree as it is more peaceful than where he is now-the city. Innisfree is representative of what the poet considers an ideal place to live, which is devoid of the restless humdrum of his life. Yes, the poet actually misses the place of his childhood days. Even when he is away from Innisfree, he recalls the’ sound of the lake water rushing through the shore.

Question.1. Look at the words the poet uses to describe what he sees and hears at Innisfree
(i) Bee-loud glade
Ans. These words bring the image of buzzing bees to our minds.

(ii) Evenings full of the Linnets wings
Ans. These words bring up the image of linnets flying across in the evening

(iii) Lake water lapping with law sound.
What pictures to these words create in your mind?
Ans. These words evoke not only the image but also the soft sound of a lake’s water washing the shore.

Question.2. Look at these words :
… peace comes dropping slow
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings
What do these words mean to you? What do you think “comes dropping slow…from the veils of the morning”? What does “to where the cricket sings” mean?

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. — Gautama Buddha Lincoln

Ans. The given lines indicate that peace of mind can be slowly acquired from the natural surroundings. It is peace that “comes dropping slow…from the veils of the morning.” The phrase “to where the cricket sings” indicates a peaceful place where one can hear the vibrant sounds of nature- sounds such as the songs of the crickets at the time of dawn.

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