English II Revision – The Golden Lyre
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
i. What do you understand by “unforgiving minute”? 
ii. How should the son spend his time? 
iii. What does the poet advice to his son in the previous stanza? 
iv. What are the two things that the poet refers to that the son will have on fulfilling the conditions? 
v. What are the conditions that will enable the son to become a man in the real sense of the term? 
We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of Gazing Grain,
We passed the setting sun.
i. Did the children notice Death’s chariot? What were the children doing? [1+2=3]
ii. Is the children’s response representative of the human world? Explain. 
iii. Explain the imagery in “Gazing Grain”. 
iv. What does the chariot’s passing by the setting sun suggest? 
Thy eagle pinion is chained down at last,
And groveling in the lowly dust art thou:
Thy minstrel hath no wreath to weave for thee
Save the sad story of thy misery!
i. Explain “eagle pinion”. What does it suggest to you?
ii. How do you know about the miserable state of the Indian under slavery of the British?
iii. Who is a minstrel? Why does the minstrel have no wreath to weave? [1+3]
iv. What is the message conveyed through these lines? 
The forests, with their myriad tongues,
Shouted of liberty;
And the Blast of the Desert cried aloud,
With a voice so wild and free,
That he started in his sleep and smiled
At their tempestuous glee.
i. What did the forests seem to tell the slave? 
ii. When do forests have “myriad tongues”? 
iii. What made the sleeping slave smile? 
iv. How did the slave get his freedom at last?