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– Pablo Neruda
Now we will count to twelve
And we will all keep still .
For once on the face of the earth
Let’s not speak in any language
Let’s stop for one second
And not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
Without rush, without engines,
We would all be together
In a sudden strangeness .
Fishermen in the cold sea
Would not harm whales
And the man gathering salt
Would look at his hurt hands.
These who prepare green wars,
Wars with gas ,wars with fire,
Victory with no survivivors,
would put on clean clothes and walk
about with their brothers in the shade ,
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about :
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single –
minded about keeping our
lives moving.Perhaps a huge
silence might interrupt this sadness of
never understanding ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us as when
everything seems dead and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve and you keep quiet and I will go .
Q.1. What will counting up to twelve and keeping still help us achieve?
Ans. Counting twelve and keeping still will help us to start our activities in a nice way . we can also feel the mutual understanding among us.
Q.2. what is the ‘sadness’ that the poet refers to in the poem ?
Ans. The ‘sadness’ that the poet refers to in the poem those who remain all the time busy in worldly activities can never understand themselves.
Q.3. Why does the poet tell us to count twelve?
Ans. The poet asks us to count twelve because there are only twelve hour sign on the clock to measure hours.
Q.4. Why does the poet ask us to keep still ?
Ans. The poet wants to keep us still because peace may help in finding the solution to our problems.
Q.5. What should we do for a second?
Ans. We should stop to do anything for a second.
Q.6. What kind of moment it would be?
Ans. It would be an exotic moment .
Q.7. What will be the effect at that time?
Ans. All of us will enjoy the sudden strangeness and unusualness of that moment.
Q.8. What do the fishermen do in the cold sea?
Ans. They catch whale fish in the cold sea.
Q.9. What should the fishermen not do?
Ans. They should not hurt the whale in the sea.
Q.10. how many kinds of war mentioned in the stanza? Name them .
Ans. They are – Green wars; wars with gases, wars with fire.
Q.11. What should the war soldiers do ?
Ans. The war soldier should put on clean clothes . they should make the friendly behaviour with their other brothers and they should walk under shade tree.
Q.12. Where should we focus on ?
Ans. We should focus on to learn to give us rest.
Q.13. what can earth teach?
Ans. The earth can teach us how to live on it .
Q.14. Why does the poet say to us to keep still ?
Ans. The poet wants to say to so our worldly activities for a few moment and do some quiet introspection. It helps us to understand ourselves. It refresh us to do our work in a better way.
Q.15. What is an ‘exotic moment’ the poet Pablo Neruda wishes for ?
Ans. According to poet “The moment of Quiet introspection “ . he calls it exotic because it gives us something strange feeling. We shall able to feel and understand ourselves .
Q.16. ‘Life is what it is all about …” How is keeping quiet related to life?
Ans. Keeping quiet relaxes our body and mind . we can re-start our activities in a better and meaning ful manner. Hence keeping quiet is very closely related to life.
Q.17. find words from stanza which means –
Count – say number
Still – motionless
Enticing – charming
Sudden – at once
Fishermen – those who catch fish
Whale – largest fish
Gathering – collecting
Survivors – those left alive
Put on – wear
Inactivity – the act of doing nothing
Truck with – association with
Dead – not living
Silent – quiet