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Ode to the West Wind

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Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind !
Be through my lips to unawaken'd earth The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind ?

(a) The poetic device used in line 1 is

(i) a metaphor
(ii) a repetition
(iii) an alliteration
(iv) a simile

(b) What prophecy is being talked about ?

(i) Cold weather
(ii) Warm clothes
(iii) Joy
(iv) Old age and unhappiness

(c) Spring is symbolic of

(i) flowers
(ii) realism
(iii) rationalism
(iv) rebirth and joy

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As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need. Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud !
I fall upon the thorns of life ! I bleed ! A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed
One too like thee - tameless, and swift and proud.

(a) Thee in the above lines is

(i) the West Wind
(ii) the Mediterranean sea
(iii) the poet
(iv) the clouds

(b) By the thorns of life the poet means

(i) the thorns which come in the poet's way while walking
(ii) the failures of life
(iii) indecisive moments of life
(iv) the hardships, ordeals and sorrows of life

(c) The rhyming scheme of the above lines is

(i) abbab
(ii) aabaa
(iii) abaab
(iv) ababb

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Beside a pumice isle in Baiae's bay, And saw in sleep old palaces and towers
Quivering within the wave's intenser day

(a) Who is sleeping here ?

(i) The poet
(ii) Baiae's bay
(iii) The Mediterranean sea
(iv) The Pumice isle

(b) Old palaces and towers refer to the palaces and towers which

(i) were there in the poet's village
(ii) the poet visited
(iii) are located on the shore of the Mediterranean sea
(iv) are buried in the Mediterranean sea

(c) The underwater plants are quivering because of the

(i) ice cold water
(ii) whales and other huge water animals passing from there

(iii) sea storm
(iv) fear of the approaching West Wind

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Angels of rain and lightning there are spread on the blue surface of thine aery surge,
Like the bright hair uplifted from the head.

(a) The angels of rain and lightning refer to

(i) thunder
(ii) cold wind
(iii) water droplets
(iv) clouds

(b) The blue surface refers to

(i) the sky
(ii) the ocean
(iii) the rain drops
(iv) the river surface

(c) The poetic device used in the third line is

(i) a metaphor
(ii) an irony
(iii) a personification
(iv) a simile

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Thou dirge Of the dying year, to which this closing night
Will be the dome of a vast sepulchre, Vaulted with all thy congregated might Of vapors,
from whose solid atmosphere Black rain, and fire, and hail will burst : Oh, hear !

(a) Dirge means

(i) a joyful song
(ii) a song sung on marriages
(iii) a mournful song sung at the funeral of someone
(iv) a nature poem embellished with poetic devices

(b) Thy congregated might refers to the power of

(i) the clouds
(ii) the rain
(iii) thunder and lightning
(iv) the West Wind

(c) Black rain, fire and hail symbolise

(i) the arrival of new year
(ii) the departure of dying year
(iii) new life on the earth
(iv) death and destruction

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Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere; Destroyer and preserver, hear, oh, hear !

(a) The Wild Spit-it in the above lines refers to

(i) a ghost
(ii) an uncontrollable spirit
(iii) the West Wind
(iv) the East Wind

(b) The Wild Spirit is called a destroyer and preserver because

(i) it leads to destruction all around
(ii) it preserves everything.
(iii) it first leads to destruction all around and then acts as a preserver to produce new things.
(iv) first it leads to the shedding of dead leaves and then acts as a preserver of
the seeds which will sprout again.

(c) The poet wants the West Wind to hear

(i) the sound of the clarion
(ii) the sound of thunder and lightning
(iii) the sound of the rustling of leaves
(iv) his appeal of spreading his views

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