NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Woven Words Chapter 17

Refugee Blues Class 11

Chapter 17 Refugee Blues Exercise Answers & Summary

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Understanding the poem : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 131

Q1 :  

The title, 'Refugee Blues' encapsulates the theme of the poem. Comment.


Answer :

Blues are African-American form of ballads that originated by the end of 19th century. They primarily are melancholic and sad and can be called as "the sad black slave's songs". In this Blue Ballad, Auden narrates the suffering of the Jews by Nazis, their persecution, the holocaust, the concentration camps, the rise of Fuhrer and Nazism. The poem revolves around a Jewish couple who escaped the Nazi Germany and emigrated to the United States of America. These refugees now sing this Blue talking of their agony and pain that they have nowhere to go to.

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Q2 :  

What is the poetic technique used by the poet to convey the plaintive theme of the poem?


Answer :

Refugee Blues is a Blue Ballad. A form that defines his character. Ballads were popular in Ireland and Britain till 18th century while Blues were popular in African-American that originated at the end of 19th century. Auden, a British migrated to USA, blends the two techniques to bring out this beauty that sings the sorrows and sufferings of Jewish Refugees. The metre used in the poem is the same he used in his poem 'Calypso', written around the same time, 1930s. While Ballads were popular medieval forms of narrative verse while a Blue is a African-American music genre that has a rigid pattern concerning the use of repetitions and a simple rhyme scheme. In the poem, the first two lines of every stanza rhyme with each other, a tercet, while the third line draws a repetitive pattern, with the phrase "my dear" being repeated in every third line giving a unique uniformity to the poem. It is interesting to note that first word of every stanza is a verb. The poem is a first person narrative, in a colloquial and informal language.

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Q3 :  

What is the poetic technique used by the poet to convey the plaintive theme of the poem?


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How does the poet juxtapose the human condition with the behaviour of the political class?


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How is the essence of the poem captured in the lines 'two tickets to Happiness'?


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