NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Unit 20

Fog (Poem) Class 10

Unit 20 Fog (Poem) Exercise Answers & Summary

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Thinking about the poem : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 115

Q1 :  

(i) What does Sandburg think the fog is like?

(ii) How does the fog come?

(iii) What does 'it' in the third line refer to?

(iv) Does the poet actually say that the fog is like a cat? Find three things that tell us that the fog is like a cat.


Answer :

(i) According to Sandburg, the fog is like a cat.

(ii) The fog comes on little cat feet.

(iii) In the third line 'it' refers to the fog that has covered the city and it seems as if it is looking over the city like a cat.

(iv) No, the poet does not actually say that the fog is like a cat. However, he has used cat as a metaphor for describing the fog. He says that the fog comes on its little cat feet, which implies that the fog is like a cat as it comes slowly. He also says that the fog looks over the harbour and the city and then moves on, implying that the fog has covered the city and is sitting and looking at it, thereby again comparing it to a cat. This is reiterated when he says that the fog looks over the city sitting on 'silent hunches'. This also shows the reference to a cat as a cat always sits with its knees bent. Hence, he has compared the fog to a cat without actually saying so.

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Q2 :  

You know that a metaphor compares two things by transferring a feature of one thing to the other (See Unit 1).

(i) Find metaphors for the following words and complete the table below.

Also try to say how they are alike. The first is done for you.

Storm

Tiger

Pounces over the fields, growls

Train

Fire

School

Home


Answer :

(i)

Storm

Tiger

Pounces over the fields, growls

Train

Gush of wind

Very fast movement

Fire

Anger

Danger that surrounds both on the basis of their intensities

School

Gateway

Leads to adulthood and a life of responsibility

Home

Nest

Provides hospitable, loving environment

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Q3 :  

Does this poem have a rhyme scheme? Poetry that does not have an obvious rhythm or rhyme is called 'free verse'.


Answer :

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