Students can Download English Poem 16 The Cloud Questions and Answers, Summary, Notes Pdf, Activity, KSEEB Solutions for Class 8 English helps you to revise the complete Karnataka State Board Syllabus and to clear all their doubts, score well in final exams.
Karnataka State Syllabus Class 8 English Poem Chapter 16 The Cloud
The Cloud Questions and Answers, Summary, Notes
Textbook Questions And Answers
I. Comprehension :
A. Answer the following in a sentence or two each:
Who is the “I” in the poem?
What does the cloud do when leaves are laid in their dreams?
The cloud spreads its shade when leaves are laid in their dreams.
How is the cloud related to earth, water and sky?
Cloud is called the daughter of earth and water. She is also called the nurshing of the sky.
What happens after the rain?
After rain, the sky becomes clear and looks blue with no trace of cloud.
B. Answer the following in about one hundred words each:
The Cloud is personified throughout the poem. Explain.
The cloud is compared to as the daughter of the earth and water and the nursing of the sky. It is immortalized as it has no death. It brings the first shower to the flower in summer. It whitens the plains in the form of hailstones and dissolves into rain. It later enters the oceans through pores.
The poem ‘‘The Cloud” is rich in imagery. Explain.
The poet personifies the cloud throughout the poem. Instances, where imaginary is used, are
- It brings showers to thirsty flowers.
- It brings showers to the thirsty flowers.
- It brings light shade for the leaves during hot sunny day.
- As the wind blows in the early cloudy morning the dew falls and showers on the buds.
- When there is hail storms it makes the plains look white with snow.
- And finally the beauty of the clear sky without any traces of cloud.
II. Appreciation Questions:
The first stanza tells us about the cloud’s activity. What does the cloud bring with it?
The cloud brings fresh showers for the flowers that are waiting.
The cloud is said to have wings and it shakes its wings. What happens when the wings of the clouds are shaken?
When the wings of clouds are shaken, they bring rain and buds bloom to flowers.
In the third stanza, Shelley talks about the earth as a planet. The “flail” is an instrument which is used to separate grain from the husk. How does the poet compare hail striking the earth and flail hitting the wheat?
The hail when hits the earth it is broken and spreads on the earth as the same way when the flail hits the grain to separate the grain and the husk.
The cloud says “I change but I cannot die’, though the sky appears clear after rain.” Explain.
The cloud takes different forms like it appears as dew, sometimes as hail. Though it rains and sky is clear without any trees of cloud. But later the water enters the earth evaporates and again forms cloud. It is a cycle. And hence it never dies.
In the last stanza, after the rain, the convex gleams of sun makes the sky look like a blue dome of air. The poet calls the blue clouds “Cenotaph.” Give reasons.
The poet calls it a ‘cenotaph’ maybe because in the clear sky the clouds forms structures that look like a monument.
1. “I wield the flail of the lashing hail, And whiten the green plains under.”
These lines are taken from the poem. ‘The cloud’ by P.B. Shelley. When the hailstones hit the earth look white with powdered snow. He compares this to the flail that is used to separate the husk from wheat.
2. “I am the daughter of earth and water and nursling of the sky.”
These lines are taken from the poem ‘The Cloud’ by P.B Shelly. The poet here personifies the cloud as the daughter of the earth and the water. The cloud’ finds its abode in the sky so he calls the cloud as the nurshing of the sky.
3. “I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores. I change, but I cannot die.”
These, lines are taken from the poem ‘The cloud’ by P.B.Shelley. The poet personifies the cloud into different forms. He also immortalizes it. In one form the cloud descends as rain to the found and later percolates deep into the ocean and shores through the pores. Later evaporates and gets the form of cloud. It is a cycle that continues and hence never dies.
The Cloud Additional Questions And Answers
I. Read the extract and answer the questions that follow :
1. ‘Which pillage, they, with merry mirth, bring home to the tent royal of their emperor?
What do they bring home?
The nector collected from the flower.
Who does they reder to?
What is tent referred to?
the bee live.
What does mirth in this context mean?
2. ‘Creatures that by a rule in nature teach The act of order to people kingdom’/
Who do creatures refer to?
What do the creatures teach?
They teach us to work in unity in spite of diversity in their work.
What is the rule referred to?
The efficiency of work.
The Cloud Summary in English
The poet P.B.Shelley personifies the cloud very beautifully. Clouds are gift of nature. Cloud never dies and hence it is immortal. There are different types of clouds like the Nimbus, the straits and the Cumulus. They form overseas and gradually transform into raindrops or hailstones depending on the nature or hailstones depending on the nature of winds.
The poet here pictures the cloud and in this poem it seems that the cloud is speaking. It is spoken of as the daughter of the earth and water. It is also described as the brushing of the sky. She brings the first shower to the flower waiting in summer. She also brings light shade for the leaves. The sweet buds are woken up by the dew showered upon them. The hailstones whitens the plains and dissolves into rain and enters the earth’s crust from the pores. The cloud changes forms but does not die. This is a continuous process.
- thirsting: thirsty
- bear: carry
- stream: a small narrow river
- dew: tiny drops of moisture that form on cool surfaces at night.
- rocked: move regularly backward and forwards or from side to side
- flail: a wooden tool consisting a stick swinging from the end of a long handle.
- wield: to use
- lashing: hitting with force
- hail: frozen raindrops which fall as little hard balls of ice.
- plains: a large stretch of flat land
- nursling: a baby who is taken care of by a nurse.
- pores: small openings
- stain: a mark
- pavilion: a large structure lightly built and intended to be used only for a short time.
- Cenotaph: A monument built to honour soldiers killed in a war
- cavern: A large cave