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    I Ran into a Stranger... Comprehending This poem discusses a topic which is very mundane but still very important to all human beings. It highlights the fact how we take for granted our relationships with our family members. Although we love them, yet we are not careful about how we talk and behave with them. However, with strangers, we are pretentious because we do tend to be as courteous as possible. If such a trend is allowed to contlnue, then it will ultimately lead to disharmony and slowly, it would lead to animosity, mistrust and finally a break from the family. When the outside world would consider our family life to be a peaceful and harmonious, it would be actually rotten from the inside. So, it is important that we shed our individual egos, accept our mistakes and mend our relationships With each others. The poet shows that there is no harm in apologislng to our juniors as well because that increases their respect for us because they will also feel respected by us. For a happy family life, love and respect go hand in hand. Words — Meanings, Pronunciations, Thesaurus knocked her down — the poet means that while working in the kitchen, she accidently pushed her daughter so hard that the little girl fell down on the floor frown (fra-un) a wrinkling of the forehead muscles and brows that expresses displeasure; grimace; scowl; lour courtesy (ker-tuh-si) — polite behaviour or gesture; civility; urbanity harshly (hash-ly) severely; rudely; gruffly abuse (uh-byooz) talk and behave in an ill-mannered way with someone; maltreat; affront; berate; castigate yelled — shouted in anger at someone Analysing 1. 1. The poet ran into a stranger on the road. Seeking excuse politely from the stranger, she went her way. 2. 3. Late that night, her conscience made her feel guilty of her insensitive behaviour. 4. The mother went to her daughter's room. 5. She softly woke her daughter up. 6. She appreciated her daughter's gift of flowers. 7. She said sorry to her daughter for yelling at her. 8. Her daughter comforted her by saying she loved her. 9. In the end, the bonding between the mother and the daughter got strengthened.
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    11. 1. The bonding between the mother and the daughter was strong enough to bother about such an incident because of the mutual love that existed between them, but in the end, that bonding got strengthened even further. The evidence of the strong bonding can be found in the daughter's plucking the flowers for her mother and the mother's later feeling of regret for scolding her daughter. 2. If such an Incident happened with me, then I would easily forget and forgive rather than dwell with it and let ill-feeling and disrespect germinate to ultimately spoil the relationship. 111. 1. How is the story at home different? The story at home is different because we tend to take our relationships with our family members for granted and do not bother to talk properly with each other. Consequently, we are Insensifive towards their feelings and emotions. 2. did the mother shout at the daughter? The mother shouted at the daughter because when she was cooking the evening meal, the little girl had stood still beside her and nearly got knocked down when the former was turning around. 3. was God's message to the mother? At night, when she lay awake in bed, God admonished her for being rude to her own child while being courteous to strangers at the same fime. He further said that the mother had failed in noticing the tears in the eyes of her daughter who had collected flowers for her and which had remained on the kitchen floor where they had fallen. The girl had stood still because she wanted to give a surprise to her mother. 4. Why did the mother cry and what did she do thereafter? The mother cried at the realisation of how she had been rude to her little girl who had brought flowers for her. Thereafter, she went to her daughter's room, knelt by her bed, woke up the little girl and apologised to her. 5. What were the colours of the flowers? Why had the girl picked the flowers? Vhich flower did she think her mother would like specially? The girl had picked pink, yellow and blue flowers because she thought that they were as pretty as her mother. The child thought that her mother would especially like the blue flowers. Poetic Devices 1. by-reply; too-you; I goodbye; told-old; meal-still; down-frown; broken-spoken; bed-said; use- abuse; floor-door; you-blue; surprise-eyes; small-fall; bed-said; me-tree; you-blue; way-today; way-anyway; too-blue. 2. The rhyme scheme of the third stanza is: hhiijjkkll. 3. i. This expression is an example of Antithesis. ii. This expression is an example of Simile.
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    Towards Appreciation 1. (a) sequence of events: running into the stranger and mutual apologies cooking the evening meal -+ scolding the child God's voice at night mother crying going to the child's room and kneeling by her bed waking her up —+ apology and making up. (b) characters: stranger, mother, little girl and God. @ dialogues: lines 2, 3, 11, 16-23, 27,28, 29 31, 32 33, 34, 35 36. (d) dramatic element: the vision seen at night when the mother lay awake in bed. (e) descriptions: the poet has employed an easy descriptive technique, whereby, the images have been vividly represented. (0 purpose of narration: the purpose of narrafion is to emphasise on the necessity of maintaining good relationships with family members and strengthening the bonding of love. 2. A thematic analysis of the present poem and 'Work', which was studied in the previous class, reveals two diametrically opposite approaches. in the present poem, the mother tries to understand the feelings and emotions of her daughter, in Work, the father tries to explain to his son the reality of a man's world — to think. 3. If I realised that something was wrong on my part, then I would immediately acknowledge my mistake and apologise to the person whom I have wronged.


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