NCERT English (Communicative) - Poems
CBSE Class X, English Literature Reader
MIRROR (Poetry) by Sylvia Plath
CCE (CBSE) Based Sample Questions
Q.1: Read the stanzas given below and answer the questions.
Whatever you see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike
(i) Explain: ‘I have no preconceptions’.
(ii) Who is the speaker? Which figure of speech is used in ‘I swallow’?
Q.2: Read the stanzas given below and answer the questions.
Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back and reflect it faithfully,
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands,
I am important to her
(i) Who says: ‘Now I am a lake’?
(ii) Why is the woman in tears?
(iii) Explain: .Searching my reaches’.
(iv) Who is ‘she’ in the above lines?
(v) What does the mirror reflect faithfully?
Q.3: The woman in the poem ‘Mirror’ searches for something in the depth of the mirror. What is it?
Q.4: How the poem ‘Mirror’ brings out the inevitability of ageing and the death?
Q.5: Why has the mirror been called the “The eye of a little God”?
Q.6: Who disturbs the mirror’s meditation and how?
Q.7: Who calls the ‘mirror’ cruel and why?
Q.8: The poet says that the mirror has no preconceptions and is only truthful. Explain.
Q.9: Why have the candles and moon been called liars?
Q.10: Why does the woman turn to liars like the candles and moon again?
Q. 11: Why is the woman agitated and has tears in her eyes?
Q.12: How does the mirror important to the woman?
Q.13: How do you consider the poem – optimistic or pessimistic? Explain.
- MIRROR | Class 10 Ncert Cbse English Literature Reader (Communicative) | Exercise Solutions
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