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Read the following extract and complete the given activities: A1. From the following extract of the poem provide evidence that it set in a rural background: - English

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Read the following extract and complete the given activities:

A1. From the following extract of the poem provide evidence that it set in a rural background:

Evidence: 

  1. ______
  2. ______

With candles and with lanterns
throwing giant scorpion shadows
on the mud-baked walls
they searched for him; he was not found.
they clicked their tongues.
With every movement that the scorpion made his poison
moved in Mother’s blood, they said.

May he sit still, they said
May the sins of your previous birth
be burned away tonight, they said.
May your suffering decrease
the misfortunes of your next birth, they said.
May the sum of all evil
balanced in this unreal world
against the sum of good
become diminished by your pain.

A2. How did the peasants console the poet’s mother? (02)

A3. Pick out an example of Antithesis from the extract: (01)

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Solution

A1.

  1. With candles and with lanterns
  2. on the mud-baked walls

A2. The peasants consoled the poet’s mother by telling her that the sins of her previous birth would be burnt away by the scorpion’s sting. They added that her present suffering will decrease the misfortunes in her next birth. They told her that her pain would diminish the evil in the world.

A3. 

Antithesis - May the sum of all evil balanced in this unreal world against the sum of good become diminished by your pain.
Here, the opposites evil and good have been used to create a contrast.

Concept: Reading Skill (Textual)
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