NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Woven Words Chapter 14

Mother Tongue Class 11

Chapter 14 Mother Tongue Exercise Answers & Summary

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Understanding the poem : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 120

Q1 :  

The quill is the central element of the poem - what does it symbolise?


Answer :

The quill symbolises a new script. It is symbolic of the transition of a script, the characteristics that a script delivers to its successive script in legacy. Let us have a clearer idea of it by taking the evolution of Dogri's scripts into account. Around the time when the Dogri language developed, it used its native script Sharade, which evolved from the original Brahmi script. Sharade then came to be replaced by Devanagari, used presently. In the poem Mother Tongue, Padma Sachdev bemoans the depreciation of Sharade script. She explains a script's evolution by citing an example of a reed plant.

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Q2 :  

You notice a sense of urgency in the poet's request - what is the reason for this?


Answer :

When the poet requests for a new script, she asks the reed to give it to her "quickly". There is a sense of urgency in the poet's request. She says that she needs the quill urgently as her Shahni, her mother tongue (Dogri language), must be looking for her. She is in such hurry probably because she is pregnant with a thought and wishes to jot it down immediately. As her thought is in Dogri language she needs the respective script to do so. So, she asks the stem of the reed for the script quickly, so that not much time is wasted. The poet calls herself a servant of the Dogri language, and so she has to serve best to her Shahni. She wants to keep her happy without any delay. The stem says that it is not just the poet but it also is a servant of her Shahni. So, it cuts off its hand and gives it to the poet.

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Q3 :  

How has the poet brought out her emotional attachment to her mother tongue?


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Personification is a figure of speech that attributes human qualities to inanimate things and abstract ideas. How has it been used in the poem?


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