NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Literature Reader Unit 9

Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments (Sonnet 55) Class 10

Unit 9 Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments (Sonnet 55) Exercise Answers & Summary

Summary of "Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments (Sonnet 55)"

The poet conveys that his loved one will get immortalized through the words of his poems, 'Not marbles nor the gilded monuments.' He tells his beloved that his powerful poem would out live the marble and the gold plated monuments constructed by the king and other Royal people. He believes his beloved will shine brighter in his verse than the stones of monuments on which time will leave its indelible marks. These monuments will wear out, blacken and appear unclean as time progresses. He explains how his love will stand the test of time even when every other manmade structure crumbles down He then says that few tiles over below overturns statues which were erected for the resemblance of great rulers and would devastate buildings which were a living example of fine masonry.

Furthermore, the poet says that nothing will be able to wipe out his beloved memory who will forever continue to live. He also says that despite death, jealousy and blind hatred from others his loved one will strive forward in life and will be praised and all the future generations will find his beloved worthy of praises which will last till doom's day. The poet says till the day of last judgment his beloved will continue to live in his poem and in the eyes of admirers.
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Unit-9 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 102

Q1 :  

Look at the following picture carefully.

What has Time been portrayed as? Why?


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Time has been portrayed as a man carrying the banner in his hands. The image looks much similar to that of Lord Christ. It has been portrayed so because there is nothing more powerful than man, although man's identity and importance is very small in relation to time. Secondly, time has been portrayed as a human being because the poem is meant for them.

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What are the other symbols associated with Time?


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Other symbols related to that of time might belong to nature, like the sun.

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Q3 :  

What are the things that last for centuries? List a few things around you that will survive four to five hundred years into the future.


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Q4 :  

Think of things that will perish and/or be forgotten with the passage of time.


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Q5 :  

The rich and powerful got ornate monuments made in order to _______________

i. show off their wealth

ii. display their power

iii. show their artistic talent

iv. be remembered till posterity


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Q6 :  

The poet addresses his sonnet to _________________

i. time

ii. war

iii. the person he loves

iv. powerful rulers


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Q7 :  

In the line 'The living record of your memory', living record refers to ____________

i. the sonnet the poet has written for his friend

ii. an existing statue of his friend

iii. his friend who lives in the poet's memory

iv. the autobiography of the poet's friend


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Q8 :  

The poet's tone in the poem is _________________

i. despairing

ii. optimistic

iii. loving

iv. admiring


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Q9 :  

The poem is set in _______________________

i. the place where the poet meets his friend

ii. a battlefield where Mars is fighting a battle

iii. a city ravaged by war

iv. the poet's study where he is writing


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Q10 :  

Why do you think the rich and powerful people get monuments and statues erected in their memory?


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Q11 :  

Describe how the monuments and statues brave the ravages of time.


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Q12 :  

Why does the poet refer to Time as being sluttish?


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Q13 :  

The poet says that neither forces of nature nor wars can destroy his poetry. In fact, even godly powers of Mars will not have a devastating effect on his rhyme. What quality of the poet is revealed through these lines?


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Q14 :  

Shakespeare's sonnet has been divided into three quatrains of 4 lines each followed by a rhyming couplet. Each quatrain is a unit of meaning. Read the poem carefully and complete the following table on the structure of the poem

Rhyme Scheme

Theme

Quatrain 1

Comparison between poetry and monuments.

Quatrain 2

Ravages of time on monuments contrasted with ___________________.

Quatrain 3

The recorded memory of ____________ posterity.

Quatrain 4

Poetry immortalizes friend.


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Q15 :  

(a) The poet uses alliteration to heighten the musical quality of the sonnet.

Working in pairs, underline the examples of alliteration in the poem.


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Q16 :  

Identify Shakespeare's use of personification in the poem.


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