NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Poem 10 A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

NCERT Solutions For Class 9 English Beehive Poem 10 A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal free PDF is given here. These Solutions contains answers to all questions provided in the textbook. Class 9th English A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal solutions are explained by the expert English teacher and as per NCERT (CBSE) guidelines.

Thinking about the Poem

Question 1: “A slumber did my spirit seal,” says the poet. That is, a deep sleep ‘closed off’ his soul (or mind). How does the poet react to his loved one’s death? Does he feel bitter grief? Or does he feel a great peace? 

Answer: The poet’s reaction to his loved one’s death is not of bitter grief that he could shed out in the form  

of tears. On her death, he did not experience any human fears. He just looked at her and wondered how   she looked and what she would experience later. He did not feel any fear. Therefore, it is difficult to say  whether he is experiencing bitter grief or is in a peaceful state of mind.   

Question 2: The passing of time will no longer affect her, says the poet. Which lines of the poem say this?    

Answer: The lines “She seemed a thing that could not feel, The touch of earthy years.” of the poem show that the passing of time will no longer affect her.

Question 3: How does the poet imagine her to be, after death? Does he think of her as a person living in a very happy state (a ‘heaven’)? Or does he see her now as a part of nature? In which lines of the poem do you find your answer? 

Answer: The poet thinks that she is now a part of nature. After her death, he imagines her buried inside the earth with other rocks, stones, and trees and rolling around with the earth in its daily rotation. The following lines express this idea.

Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course
With rocks and stones and trees.


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