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A Prayer for My Daughter
– William Butler Yeats
Class – 12th EM
Q. Read the extract answer the following questions –
Extract – 1
I have walked and prayed for this young child an hour
And heard the sea – wind scream upon the tower ,
And under the arches of the bridge, and scream;
Imagining in excited reverie
That the future years had come,
Dancing to a frenzied drum ,
Out of the murderous innocence of the sea .
- Who does the young child in the first line refer to ?
- …………. Scream upon the
- What sort of future does the poet expect?
- Find a word from the passage which means same as ‘madness’.
- The poet’s new born daughter.
- The sea wind
- The future is uncertain.Bloodshed, anarchy , cruelty and other such evils may be expected all around.
- ‘Frenzied’ is similar in meaning to ‘madness’.
Extract – 2
In courtesy I’d have her chiefly learned:
Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned
By those that are not entirely beautiful;
Yet many , that have played the fool
For beauty’s very self, has roved,
Loved and thought himself beloved ,
From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.
- ……………. Are not had as a gift.
- Who does ‘I’ refer to in the first line ?
- What does the poet indicate in the fourth line?
- Find a word from these lines which means opposite to ‘Lost’.
- ‘I’ in the first line refers to the poet.
- The poet indicates that the people who have fallen in love with these beauties like venus and Helen are fool who thought that they are
- ‘Earned; means opposite to ‘lost’.
Extract – 3
O may she live like some green laurel
Rooted in one dear perpetual place.
My mind , because the minds that I have loved,
The short of beauty that I have approved ,
Prosper but little , has dried up of late,
Yet knows that to be choked with hate
May well be of all evil chances chief .
If there’s no hatred in a mind
Assault and battery of the wind
Can never tear the linnet from the leaf.
- Find a word from the stanza which means ‘everlasting’.
- Find a word opposite to ‘ rejected’.
- Verb form of the word ‘beauty’ is ………….
- Who is ‘she’ referred to in the first line of the above stanza?
- How should the poet’s daughter live?
- ……….. that I have
- What is the result if there is no hatred in mind?
- ‘Perpetual’ means ‘everlasting’.
- ‘Approved’ is the opposite to ‘rejected’.
- ‘Beautify’ is the verb form of ‘beauty’.
- The daughter of the poet is referred to as ‘she’ in the first line.
- Like some green laurel – a perpetual tree.
- The sort of beauty.
- The man would flourish and gain popularity.
Extract – 4
An intellectual hatred is the worst,
So let her think opinions are accursed .
Have I not seen the loveliest woman born
Out of the mouth of Plenty’s horn,
Because other opinionated mind
Barter that horn and every good
By quiet natures understood
For an old bellows full of angry wind?
- What are the evil effects of “Horn of Plenty”?
- What is of the worst kind in poet’s eyes?
(a) Angry wind (b) quiet nature.
(c) Opinions (d) intellectual hatred
- What does opinionated mean?
- Make noun from the word “intellectual”.
- It gives birth to hatred toward mankind.
- (d) intellectual hatred
- It means tending toput forward one’s views forcefully.
- ‘Intellect’ is the Noun form of ‘Intellectual’.
Extract – 5
And may her bridegroom bring her to a house
Where all’s accustomed , ceremonious;
For arrogance and hatred are the wares
Peddled in the thoroughfares.
How but in custom and in ceremony
Are innocence and beauty born?
Ceremony’s a name for the rich horn,
And custom for the spreading laurel tree.
- What wish does the poet make here for his daughter?
- ……………… a name for the rich
- Give a word similar in meaning to ‘habituated’.
- Make adjective form of ‘arrogance’ and ‘hatred’.
- The poet wishes that his daughter should be married in a traditional family.
- ‘Accustomed’ is similar in meaning to ‘habituated’.
- ‘Arrogant’ and ‘hateful’ are the adjective forms of ‘arrogance’ and ‘hatred’ respectively.
A Prayer for My Daughter- Extract