Best Pome When I Set out For Lyonnesse Class 8 English

Best Pome When I Set out For Lyonnesse
Best Pome When I Set out For Lyonnesse

Best Pome When I Set out For Lyonnesse Summary:

As a young apprentice architect, British poet and novelist Thomas Hardy once visited a parish to supervise the restoration of a church. On his return from the parish, people noticed two things about him — a new glow in his eyes and a crumpled piece of paper sticking out of his coat pocket. That paper, it is recorded in one of his biographies, contained the draft of a poem. You are going to read that very poem inspired by a visit to a place which the poet calls Lyonnesse.

Read:

When I set out for Lyonnesse
A hundred miles away,
The rime was on the spray;
And starlight lit my lonesomeness
When I set out for Lyonnesse
A hundred miles away.


What would bechance at Lyonnesse
While I should sojourn there,
No prophet durst declare;
Nor did the wisest wizard guess
What would bechance at Lyonnesse
While I should sojourn there.


When I returned from Lyonnesse
With magic in my eyes,
All marked with mute surmise
My radiance rare and fathomless,
When I returned from Lyonnesse
With magic in my eyes.

THOMAS HARDY

Q. 1) In the first stanza, find words that show …

( i ) that it was very cold.

Ans. The word ‘rime’ shows that it was very cold.

( ii ) that it was late evening.

Ans. The word ‘starlight’ shows that it was late evening.

( iii ) that the traveller was alone.

Ans. The word ‘lonesomeness’ shows that the traveller was alone.

Q. 2) ( i ) Something happened at Lyonnesse. It was …

a) improbable.

b) impossible.

c) unforeseeable.

Ans. ( c ) unforeseeable.

( ii ) Pick out two lines from stanza 2 to justify your answer.

Ans. “No Prophet dust declare; Nor did the wisest wizard guess.”

Q. 3. ( i ) Read the line (stanza 3) that implies the following :

‘Everyone noticed something, and they made guesses, but didn’t speak a word.

Ans. All marked with mute surmise.

( ii ) Now read the line that refers to what they noticed.

Ans. My radiance is rare and fathomless.

Best Pome When I Set out For Lyonnesse

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