Class 11 Eglish Notes Poem 5

Class 11 Eglish Notes Poem 5 (In The Street of the Fruit Stalls) for Punjab and Rawalpindi board, MCQs, True / False, Match the Columns, Grammar, Questions Answers, and 1st Year FSc Part-1 notes. 

Class 11 Eglish Notes Poem 5

Q 5. Write a critical note on the poem.

Answer:
The poem depicts a notable aspect of human beings. It denotes that misery and poverty fail in comparison to man’s innate love for worldly pleasures. He seeks joy in simple things and satisfies his inner-self. The poet expresses that darkness prevails everywhere but the dim light of lantern and wet atmosphere illuminate the street and children come out with a coin in their hands to get the juicy fruits from the stalls which attract them with their arrangements like a pyramid and the hot red and golden colours which they reflect in the haze of light. Ultimately, providing the kids with a moment to cherish and solace, leaving behind all their sorrows and troubles. The poet feels that man finds pleasure in simple things and darkness cannot bear off his desire for contentment.

Q 6. Give a summary of the poem in your own words.

Answer:
The poem “In the Street of Fruit Stalls” is written by Jan Stallworthy. It portrays the scenario of a dark evening. The street of fruit stalls is illuminated by the dim light of lanterns. And the fruits are piled up on the stalls in a conical form like a pyramid, which glows hot red and golden colours in the haze of light. They exactly look like cannonballs. The poet stands at the corner of the street and observes little children who come there with a coin to get those juicy fruits. They tear them open, lick them and take delightful pleasures, forgetting all about their sorrows and troubles. The juice sticks at their cheeks and fingers and they look sweet and innocent. They do not notice that the poet is watching them from the corner of the street. He feels that misery, poverty and all such phenomena fail in comparison to man’s innate love for worldly pleasures. He seeks joy in simple things and satisfies his inner-self.

Q 7. What are the feelings of the poet standing in the dark?

Answer:
The poet feels that misery, poverty and all such phenomena have failed in comparison to man’s innate love for worldly pleasures. He seeks joy in simple things and satisfies his inner-self.

Q 8. Why has the poet used ‘cannon balls’ to describe the fruit?

Answer:
The poet has used the word ‘cannonballs’ for the fruits as they look like them in the dim light of a lantern. They are piled in a conical form like a pyramid and glow hot red and golden. Thus the poet uses imagery to describe the fruits and make the lyrics more fascinating.

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Q 9. Paraphrase the last stanza in your own words.

Answer:
In the last stanza of the poem, the poet tells that the little children take the fruits from the stalls and as they break them to take pleasure in drinking their sweet juice, their cheeks, nose, lips and fingers become wet and sticky. They forget their misery and cherish in the wet atmosphere and dim light of the lantern. They appear innocent and pure to the poet. While enjoying the fruits, they do not notice that the poet stands at the corner of the street and watches them.

Q 10. Make a list of fruits described in the poem.

Answer:
Following are the fruits which are mentioned in the poem;
i. Melon
ii. Guava
iii. Mandarin

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