HSC July 2022 Exam Poetry Section

HSC July 2022 Exam Poetry Section


(Poetry and Appreciation)

Q.3 (A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below: (10)

Weavers, weaving at break of day,
Why do you weave a garment so gay?….
Blue as the wing of a halcyon wild,
We weave the robes of a newborn child.  

Weavers, weaving at fall of night,
Why do you weave a garment so bright?…
Like the plumes of a peacock, purple and green,
We weave the marriage-veils of a queen.  

Weavers, weaving solemn and still,
What do you weave in the moonlight chill…
White as a feather and white as a cloud,
We weave a dead man’s funeral shroud.

A1. Complete the ‘table’ given below with the help of the above extract:

Words/ PhrasesTime of the dayWeaver’s Activity
————————Early MorningWeavers weave robes for the new born
Moonlight————————Weavers weave for the funeral
Late in the evening————————-————————


Words/ PhrasesTime of the dayWeaver’s Activity
Break of DayEarly MorningWeavers weave robes for the new- born
MoonlightCold nightWeavers weave for the funeral
Late in the eveningFall of nightWeavers weave the marriage veil  

A2. Complete the tree diagram expressing the three phases of life and its details with reference to the poem.


A3. We come across many colours in life. These colours have different types of effects and influence on our lives. Write in your own words, how do colours affect us in different phases of our life.


Color is a powerful tool to signal action, show mood, and influence the different phases of our life.

Pink colour is associated with universal love, innocence and compassion. Childhood is influenced with this colour.  

Yellow is associated with happiness. It is also associated with friendship. So, to make friendship yellow roses are given as gift by young persons.

Red is a bold and attention-getting colour. The emotions like love, passion, heath, joy, energy are related to red colour. Phase of youth is influenced with this colour.

Black and white colours are related to power, mystery, sad events. Old age and death are associated with these two colours.

A4. Complete the table with reference to the first stanza in the above poem:

Rhyming wordsRhyme scheme


Rhyming wordsRhyme scheme
1) day – gaya a
2) wild – childb b

A5. Complete the last two lines of the following short poem by composing two lines of your own:

Life is full of ups and downs

There are joys as well as sorrows




Life is full of ups and downs

There are joys as well as sorrows

Learn to enjoy it.

Do not retreat. Do not retreat.

(B) Appreciation:

Write the poetic appreciation of the extract given below:

My father travels on the late evening train
Standing among silent commuters in the yellow light
Suburbs slide past his unseeing eyes
His shirt and pants are soggy and his black raincoat
Stained with mud and his bag stuffed with books
Is falling apart. His eyes dimmed by age
Fade homeward through the humid monsoon night.
Now I can see him getting off the train
Like a word dropped from a long sentence.
He hurries across the length of the grey platform,
Crosses the railways line, enters the lane,
His chappals are sticky with mud, but he hurries onward.

Home again, I see him drinking weak tea,
Eating a stale chapati, reading a book.
He goes into the toilet to contemplate
Man’s estrangement from a man-made world.
Coming out he trembles at the sink,
The cold water running over his brown hands,
A few droplets cling to the greying hair on his wrists.
His sullen children have often refused to share
Jokes and secrets with him.
He will now go to sleep
Listening to the static on the radio, dreaming
Of his ancestors and grandchildren, thinking
Of nomads entering a subcontinent through a narrow pass.


See answer in Activity Workbook for Std. XII English by Prof. Tushar Chavan

To get the book, send message to – Prof. Tushar Chavan 9850737199

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