CBSE OFFICIAL QUESTION BANK SOLUTIONS : DUST OF SNOW
DUST OF SNOW
(A) Of the many symbols the hemlock tree represents, choose the one that Frost drew upon in all likelihood, for this poem.
ii)Choose the option that lists the possible feelings of the poet prior to the experience shared in the poem.
b) 2, 4 & 6
iii)Identify the option that DOES NOT use the word ‘rue’ correctly
d) Others finally rue the one who is dishonest and heartless.
iv)Synecdoche is a poetic device that uses a part to represent the whole. E.g. That’s a great set of wheels!
a) Has given my heart / A change of mood
v)Choose the option showing the reason NOT corresponding with “… a crow / Shook down on me / The dust of snow”
d) The cawing of the crow hidden in the foliage.
Q.10 Answer in 20-30 words
i) Rationalise what you think the poet was probably doing when the dust of snow fell on him?
Ans: Before the dust of snow fell on him he was in a depressed mood and did not want to do anything.
ii)What does the presence of a hemlock tree tell you about the setting of the poem?
Ans: The Hemlock tree represents sorrow and regret. Over here the poet is in a depressive mood, repenting and being lost in his sorrow. So he uses the bitter, dark side of nature and reflects his mood
iii)The dusting of snow on account of the crow helped make the poet’s day better. How do you think the crow’s droppings might have impacted the poet?
Ans: A crow has shaken down the branches of a hemlock tree sprinkling the dust of snow on the author. The poet has been feeling remorseful but the little dust of snow has changed his mood and saved his day,
Q.11 Answer in 40-50 words
‘Dust of Snow’ is one of Frost’s most loved poems. Elaborate why you think this is so.
Ans: The poem dust of snow tells us about the curative power of nature, Nature has the cure for everything whether it is a bad mood or illness. The poet is going through one such bad day when a crow suddenly shook down on him the dust of snow from a hemlock tree.
ii)The poem evokes a sense of black and white. Justify
Ans: The poet dust of snow evokes a sense of black and white. The message is clear enough. Sometimes seemingly insignificant natural events do bring about change. Being outdoors in nature, with all its unpredictability, can benifit anyone,
iii)The crow and hemlock are usually used as negative references in literature. How is this different in this poem?
Ans: The fact that the hemlock tree is combined with the crow being the indicator of doom and fear is used in the poem as the carriers of happiness in the life of the narrator is ironic. The poet through these objects has tried to highlight that sometimes creatures linked with negative aspects of life can bring huge positive change.
Q.12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)
i)As a crow you feel highly injured by the incorrect perception humans have about your species. Imagine yourself to be a crow and write your opinion about this prejudice. Make a case for breaking stereotypes
Ans: I have appeared in a number of different mythologies throughout the ages. In some cases, A black feathered is considered an omen of bad tidings, , but in others, I may represent a message from Divine. Do you know that seeing just a single crow is considered an omen of bad luck finding two crows, however, means good luck?
Prejudices can be built overnight but we should not believe them blindly. I may look ugly or my voice may not be sweet but I can also like other elements of nature can sure and deal and alling heart. Mother Nature herself is very powerful and none of the children of nature can be a bad omen.
ii) Imagine that Frost is of the present day and has been invited to write for an ezine - “Teen Talk”. He chooses to draw upon his experience with the crow and the dusting of snow to share his thoughts on ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’. As Frost, express your thoughts on the e-zine.
Ans: Sometimes even a simple moment has a large significance.
Once I was in a sad, depressed mood and was sitting under a hemlock tree. A crow sitting on the same tree shook off the dust of snow. i.e small particles of snow that remain on the surface after the snowfall, on me. This simple action changed my mood. I realized that I had just wasted a part of my day repenting and being lost in sorrow. But the change in my mood made me realize that I should utilize the rest of the day in some useful activity, My sorrow was washed by the power of snow dust. My spirit was revived and I got ready to utilize the rest of the day.