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A Thing of Beauty – Important Questions



1.        Keats was very much fond of nature. Do you agree with him that a thing of beauty is a joy forever? What do you feel? Support your answer with reasons.
2.         How do beautiful things help us to live a happy life?
3.       What does Keats consider an endless fountain of immortal drink and why does he call its drink immortal?
4.         According to Keats, what spreads the pall of despondence over our dark spirits? How is it removed?
5.         How does a thing of beauty provide shelter and comfort?
6.         What makes human beings love life in spite of troubles and sufferings?
7.         Why is ‘grandeur’ associated with the mighty dead?
8.         What is the message of the poem, ‘A thing of beauty’?
9.         What is the ‘endless fountain’ and what is its effect?
10.       What images does the poet use to describe the beautiful bounty of the Earth?
11.       What action of the ‘musk rose’ makes it beautiful?
12.       Who is the mighty dead? Why are they called so? How are they beautiful?
13.       Which ‘tales’ does the poet here refer to? Why are they lovely?
14.       What does the line ‘Therefore are we wreathing a flowery band to bind us to earth’ suggest?
15.       What are the poet’s views on the things of beauty?
16.       What is it that makes humans forge deeper bonds with the earth and with life?
17.       What makes humans unhappy and how do they find release from this state?


And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read;
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from heaven’s brink

1.         Name the poem and the poet.
2.         What is the thing of beauty mentioned in these lines?
3.         What image does the poet use in these lines?
4.         What is the effect of this ‘immortal drink’ on us?
5.         Who are the ‘mighty dead’? How do we know about them?
6.         What images does the poet use to convey that beauty is everlasting?
7.         What is the effect of the immortal drink?
8.         Write the words from the extract which mean
(i)         stories
(ii)        magnificence


Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits.

1.         Name the poem and the poet.
2.         Why are we despondent?
3.         What removes “the pall from our dark spirits”?
4.         Explain, “the inhuman dearth of noble natures.”
5.         What are we doing every day?
6.         Which evil things do we possess and suffer from?
7.       What are the circumstances that contribute towards making humans unhappy and disillusioned with life?
8.         What removes the pall from our dark spirits?


Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits,

1.         How does beauty help us when we are burdened with grief?
2.         Explain; “Some shape of beauty.”
3.         Identify the figure of speech in the above lines.
4.         Why are our spirits referred to as ‘dark’?


A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Its loveliness increases, it will never
Pass into nothingness; but will keep
A bower quiet for us and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams and health and quiet breathing

1.         How does a thing of beauty remain a joy forever?
2.         Mention any two sources of joy which a thing, of beauty provides to us.
3.         Explain, “never pass into nothingness.”
4.         What is meant by ‘bower’?



Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all

1.         What do we do everyday?
2.         Which evil things do we possess and suffer from?
3.         Explain: ‘In spite of all’?
4.         What are the flowery bands that bind us to the Earth?
5.         What message do the above lines convey?
6.         Why is there an “inhuman dearth of noble natures”?
7.         What do you understand by “unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways”?
8.         Find words from the passage which mean
a. Malice
b. Disappointment


Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old, and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
‘Gainst the hot season; the mid forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms;

1.         Explain: ‘dark spirits’?
2.         What is a thing of beauty according to the poet?
3.         What does the ‘clear rills’ refer to? What do they do?
4.         What is the significance of ‘the mid forest brake?


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