Class 11 Eglish Notes Poem 1 The Rain
Q 4. Write a critical appreciation of the poem.
The poem creates a wonderful image of a rainy day, in the minds of a reader. The poet is watching the leaves which are absorbing the rainwater; he hears the voices of the leaves which are drinking water. This musical sound endeavours freshness to the whole atmosphere and he takes pleasure in these joyful moments. But he tries to convey a hard fact that the rain is a token of happiness for the rich and not for the poor, for they cannot enjoy this blessing of the Almighty, due to the burden of their sorrows.
However, he soon turns the tone of the poem and says that this rain shall stop soon and the sun will come out. It will shine brightly and throw its light on each dark, round drop. It will be a lovely sight for everyone. Here, the poet gives a message of hope and courage, he narrates that the life will have a new start after rain, and the poor can come out of their houses to earn for their living.
He elucidates the universal law that after every sorrow, we get moments of happiness and vice versa. He gives hope to his readers and develops a belief that nothing is everlasting. The poet expresses the theme of the poem in the best possible way, simple yet eloquent.
Q 5. How can a rainy day be enjoyed?
In reference to the poem, a rainy day could be enjoyed realistically, by seeking pleasure in beholding the exuberant atmosphere when it rains. The poet expresses to soothe the awaiting eyes with the wonderful sight of leaves when the raindrops touch the surface of leaves and the lovely sight when the sun shines brightly after the rain. A rainy day could revitalize the freshness of life; it must be enjoyed in full bloom of flowers, plants and pleasant weather.
Q 6. Explain the first stanza with reference to context.
These lines have been taken from the poem “The Rain” by William Davies.
The poet expresses his great admiration for nature and particularly relates the phenomenon of rain to rich and the poor. He indicates that the rich enjoy the rain however the poor don’t get a chance to relish, due to the burden of hardships on them.
The poet is watching the leaves which are absorbing the rainwater and he states that the upper leaves receive almost all of the rain and later the drops roll down to the lower ones. He highlights that rich people enjoy the beauty of nature and the moments of pleasure, but the poor ones could not forget their sorrows and bring a smile to their faces. They are deprived of basic necessities and this is the reason that they could not enjoy the rain and soothe themselves in the lap of nature. The poet hears the sweet noise of the leaves which is actually a pleasant musical sound that is fascinating and enchanting and endeavours freshness to the whole atmosphere, despite the sorrows of the poor.