NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Beehive Poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Thinking about the Poem
Question:- I. 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)
(ii) what he hears and sees there and its effect on him (stanza II)
(iii) what he hears in his “heart’s core” even when he is far away from Innisfree (stanza III).
Answer:- Innisfree is a beautiful place where nature is in its frill swing and poet has spent here a lot of time as a boy.
(i) The three things the poet wants to do when he goes back to Innisfree are:
- There he wants to build a small cabin of clay and wattles.
- There he wants to have nine bean-rows
- There he wants to have a hive for the honeybee
(ii) He hears the cricket sing and sees the midnight shine and a purple glow at noon. All of these have a positive effect on him and he feels very happy and peaceful.
(iii) Even when he is far away from Innisfree, he hears the lake water lapping against the shore at low sounds in his “heart’s core.”
- 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.)
Answer:- The natural beauty of Innisfree is used to describe the contrast with the roads and grey pavements in city. The pavement is of grey colour which symbolises decay and death.
- Do you think Innisfree is only a place, or a state of mind? Does the poet actually miss the place of his boyhood days?
Answer:- Yes, I think Innisfree is a place exists in reality. The poet actually misses the place of his boyhood days spent in the natural beauty of Innisfree.The poet longs to live at such a beautiful and peaceful place once again. He misses it a lot.
Question:- II. 1. Look at the words the poet uses to describe what he sees and hears at Innisfree
(i) bee-loud glade
(ii) evenings full of the linnet’s wings
(iii) lake water lapping with low sounds
What pictures do these words create in your mind?
Answer:- (i) bee-loud glade creates an image of a forest filled with the sweet buzzing sound of honeybees.
(ii) evenings full of the linnet’s wings creates a picture of a red-orange sky that is full of linnets. Linnets are lovely birds that add up to the scenic beauty of a place when they flap their wings and fly.
(iii) Lake water lapping with low sounds transports us to a pleasant environment in which the lake’s water flows and produces a pleasant sound.
- 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?
Answer:- These words mean that peace surrounds that area at dawn. The morning is welcomed with the pleasant and melodic sound of crickets. It adds sweetness to the serenity of the place.