Class IX English Literature Reader (Poetry)
Ncert Cbse English (Communicative)
Lord Ullin’s Daughter by Thomas Campbell
Q.1: What is a ballad ? Why is this poem Lord Ullin’s Daughter called a ballad ?
Answer: A ballad is a story in verse. It can be a song or poem, especially a traditional one, telling a story in a number of short regular stanzas, often with a refrain.
‘Lord Ullin’s Daughter’ is a well-known ballad. This poem is about a tragic story of two true lovers. It uses a lot of dialogue and a simple language. The poem depicts the conflict between the rebellious youth and the tyrannical authority of a father. Like a ballad it has a fast paced action. It ends dramatically when Lord Ullin becomes ultimately a picture of regret and remorse as he watches his daughter and hr lover drowning helplessly.
Q.2: Why does the boatman ultimately agree to ferry the chieftain and his beloved, taking risk of his own life ?
Answer: Lord Ullin’s daughter pleads the boatman to row them to the other side and save them from the wrath of her father. Initially the boatman is reluctant to ferry them. It is because he was not confidant if he will be able to handle the boat in a growing storm and darkness in the sea. He also refused gallantly the silver pound offered to him by the chieftain. But ultimately he agrees to ferry them for the sake of the chief’s beautiful beloved. The boatman is a brave, kind-hearted person who appreciates the tenderness of a true love. He realizes the danger to the lovers and so, agrees to help them by risking his own life.
Q.3: Why did Lord Ullin’s wrath change into wailing ?
Answer: Refer to the Answer of Q. No.14(b).
Q.4: Read the following stanza and answer the following questions:
A chieftain, to the highlands bound,
Cries, “Boatman, do not tarry!
And I’ll give thee a silver pound
To row us o’er the ferry!”
(a) Who is chieftain? What does he want the boatman to do?
(b) Why is the boatman reluctant to oblige the chieftain?
(c) Why is he in such a great hurry?
Answer: (a) The chieftain is the lover of Lord Ullin’s daughter.
(b) The boatman is reluctant to oblige them as he is not confidant if he will be able to handle the boat in a growing storm and darkness in the sea.
(c) He is in a great hurry as Lord Ullin and his armed men are chasing them and are sure to kill him if they can each the shore.
Q.5: Read the following stanza and answer the following questions:
“Now, who be ye, would cross Lochgyle,
This dark and stormy weather?”
“O, I’m the chief of Ulva’s isle,
And this, Lord Ullin’s daughter.
(a) Who is the speaker of the first two lines?
(b) What does he want to know?
Answer: (a) The boatman.
(b) He wants to know the identity of the persons who want to cross Lochgyle in a dark and stormy weather.
Q.6: Read the following stanza and answer the following questions:
Out spoke the hardy Highland wigh,
“I’ll go, my chief-I’m ready;
It is not for your silver bright,
But for your winsome lady;
(a) Who is the Highland wigh?
(b) What is ready to do?
Answer: (a) The Highland wigh is the brave boatman.
(b) He is ready to ferry the chieftain and his beloved across the stormy sea.
Q.7: Read the following stanza and answer the following questions:
By this the storm grew loud apace,
The water-wrath was shrieking;
And in the scowl of heaven each face
Grew dark as they were speaking.
(a) Who are ‘they’ in the stanza?
(b) What happens as they are talking?
(c) Which poetic devices have been used here by the poet?
Answer: (a) ‘They’ are the chief of Ulva’s island, his beloved and the boatman.
(b) As they are talking, the storm grows stronger, more dangerous.
(c) Metaphor: “water-wrath”; Alliteration: “water-wrath was”.
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