NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Woven Words Chapter 11

Coming Class 11

Chapter 11 Coming Exercise Answers & Summary

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Understanding the poem : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 112

Q1 :  

What does the bird in the poem announce? How is this related to the title, 'Coming'?


Answer :

The poem 'Coming' by Philip Larkin is a celebration ofthe advent of the spring. To express the happiness the poet sets the plot of house fronts clothedin chilly and yellow light. Amidst all this, a thrush sings a welcoming song. It seems the whole nature is dancing with joy at the arrival of the new season. The thrush, sitting in a garden shrub,laurel", in the deep bare garden, is humming repeatedly in" its fresh-peeled voice "that" it will be spring soon". This joy full singing of the thrush imparts an "astonishing" effect on the brickwork of the houses. The poet feels happy as well to see the beauty that nature encompasses. In fact it is through the voice of the thrush that the poet has tried to express that how overwhelmed he is on the "coming" of the spring.

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Q2 :  

Why is the speaker's childhood described as 'a forgotten boredom'?


Answer :

The autobiographical element makes a reader curious to know about Larkin's childhood. His parents were very loving and affectionate. However, he recalls his childhood as a dejected one. He talks of himself in depreciating terms. It appears that the poet had a very poor concept of himself. It is also known that Philip suffered slight stammer in childhood that endured for the rest of his life, though reduced. If the reader pays attention, argues John Woley, it is not difficult to note the contradiction in the term "forgotten boredom". If, like Larkin says, he has forgotten his childhood, the question is, how can he comment so confidently that it was a bored one? However, it may be concluded that Larkin's childhood did not have any memories that he was fond of.He even remarked once that his biography could begin when he was 21, which implies that nothing spectacular happened before that. Thus, Philip Larkin recalls his childhood as "a forgotten boredom".

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Q3 :  

Why is the speaker's childhood described as 'a forgotten boredom'?


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Q4 :  

What two things are compared in the poem?


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Q5 :  

How do you respond to these lines?

Light, chill and yellow,

Bathes the serene

Foreheads of houses


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Q6 :  

Comment on the use of the phrase 'fresh-peeled voice'.


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