A Thing of Beauty – NCERT Solutions

Q. List the things of beauty mentioned in the poem.

Ans. Everything of nature is a thing of beauty and a source of pleasure. Some of them are: the sun, the moon, old and young trees, daffodil flowers, small streams with clear water, mass of ferns and the blooming musk-roses. All of them are things of beauty. They are constant sources of joy and pleasure.

Q. List the things that cause suffering and pain.

Ans. Many things cause us suffering and pain. Malice and disappointment are the biggest sources of our suffering. Another one is the lack of noble qualities. Our unhealthy and evil ways also give birth to so many troubles and sufferings. They dampen our spirits. They act as a pall of sadness on our lives.

Q. What does the line, ‘Therefore are we wreathing a flowery band to bind us to earth’ suggest to you?

Ans. Keats is a lover of beauty. He employs his senses to discover beauty. The link of man with nature is eternal. The things of beauty are like wreaths of beautiful flowers. We seem to weave a flowery band everyday. It keeps us attached to the beauties of this earth.

Q. What makes human beings love life in spite of troubles and sufferings?

Ans. There are many things that bring us troubles and sufferings. They dampen our spirits. However, ‘some shape of beauty’ brings love and happiness in our lives in spite of such unpleasant things. A thing of beauty removes the pall of sadness and sufferings. It makes us love life.

Q. Why is ‘grandeur’ associated with the mighty dead’?

Ans. The mighty dead were very powerful and dominating persons during their own times. Their achievements made them ‘mighty’ and great. Their noble works dazzle our eyes. We imagine that such mighty dead forefathers will attain more grandeur on the doomsday. Hence ‘grandeur’ is associated with the ‘mighty dead’.

Q. Do we experience things of beauty only for short moments or do they make a lasting impression on us?

Ans. We feel happy by coming into contact with things of beauty. They make a lasting impression on us. Keats makes it clear at the outset. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. It is a constant source of joy. Its beauty never declines or diminishes. Its loveliness goes on increasing every moment. Its value remains undiminished. It never passes into nothingness. It removes the pall of sadness that covers our dark spirits.

Q. What image does the poet use to describe the beautiful bounty of the earth?

Ans. John Keats uses a very beautiful image to describe the beautiful bounty of the earth. It is the endless fountain of immortal drink. It pours constantly into our hearts from heaven. Thus the beautiful bounty of the earth is called “an endless fountain of immortal drink.”

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