5- IN THE STREET OF THE FRUIT STALLS

 

 

  1. What are the feelings of the poet standing in the dark? [2007II,

      The poet standing in the dark thinks that the condition of the world is very bad. There is a threat of misery, war and poverty. But all these have failed to crush man’s love for pleasure.

  1. What look like bombs? Or what are the cannon balls? Or why does the poet use cannon balls to describe the fruit?

      The fruit Melon, Guava and Mandarin look like cannon balls/ bombs to the poet because of two reasons. 1. The fruit are round like cannon balls. 2. The poem is written at the time of war and cannon balls are used in the battle

  1. List down the fruit mentioned in the poem?

      The fruit mentioned in the poem are melon, guava and mandarin.

  1. How are the fruit arranged in he fruit stall?

      The fruit Melon, Guava and Mandarin are arranged in a conical or pyramid form in the fruit stall.        

  1. How is the poet proved to be an optimist?

The poet has shown many brighter aspects of the world like moon, glow, sun, lantern, and radiant etc. These prove him to be an optimist.

  1. Why has the word dark been used very frequently in this poem?

      The word dark has been used very frequently in this poem to show the threat of war, misery and poverty in the world.

  1. What is the main idea/theme of the poet?

      The background of the poem is war. There is a threat of misery and poverty due to war. But all these have failed to crush man’s love for pleasure. Children do not bother about the surrounding like the poet.

      Or

The poet describes the evening routine of the children who reach the fruit stalls with a coin to buy fruit. The children eat them with relish. The poet is also standing there thinking about the threat of misery and poverty in the world due to war. Children do not bother about the surrounding like the poet. They are enjoying without of miseries and poverty in the world.

Reference to the Context

REFERENCE:

These lines have been taken from the poem “In the Street of the fruit stalls” written by Jan Stall worthy.

CONTEXT:

The poet describes the evening routine of the children who reach the fruit stalls with a coin to buy fruit. The children eat them with relish. The poet is also standing there thinking about the threat of misery and poverty in the world due to war. Children do not bother about the surrounding like the poet. They are enjoying without of miseries and poverty in the world.

EXPLANATION:

Stanza-1

In these lines the poet describes the evening scene in the street of fruit stalls. The fruit sellers are selling guava, melon and orange in the reasonable lantern light. The dew falls on the red and golden fruit piled in conical form. They look like cannon bombs when light falls on them.

Stanza-2

In these lines the poet says that the poor children with a coin reach the fruit stall to buy fruit. They look at the fruit like melon, guava and mandarin. The melon in the light resembles the moon where as the mandarin looks like the sun when the light falls on them.

Stanza-3

In these lines the poet says that the mouth, fingers, cheeks, nose, and chin of the children become wet with the golden and silver juice when they break the fruits open and eat. They are as bright as the lamp. They forget the miseries of life. They are also unmindful of the darkness and the presence of the poet standing worried in the dark street.

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