“THE VANISHING VILLAGE”

 

Q.1.   Describe The Revival Of The Colourful Life In The Village.

Or     Do you think that the mood of the poet is pessimistic? If not. why?

Or     Do you think that the poet is optimist or pessimist?

 

At the beginning of the poem, the tone of the poet is nostalgic, wistful, and sad at the desertedness of a village due to the large-scale-migration of inhabitants towards cities. The poet expresses his concern that the basic unit of human civilization is being neglected selfishly. He is grieved at the decline of beautiful and gay rural culture. Though the poet is sad, yet at the end of the poem, in an optimistic note, the poet hopes for a revival of the colorful life and activity of a traditional village.

In the opening lines, the poet presents a gloomy and sad picture of the deserted village. There are only a few houses which are also in a miserable condition. A small street joins a public house to a shop. This street ends at the top of the little hill, which has become all barren. The grass has completely disappeared. There is no activity in the village. The black dog killing its fleas in the hot sun has become a symbol of the history of the village. The poet is pained to see that this basis of human civilization is being destroyed by its founders.

However, the poet finds one sign of life and hope in the village. The girl who wanders from door to door is a symbol of revival. The poet hopes that the village will certainly come out of its present dismal condition. It will become the center of activity again and there will be a revival of the colorful life in the village.

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