The original name of the poem is ‘On the Grasshopper and Cricket’ and the poet of the poem is John Keats.
Here is some very important questions with answers from the poem ‘The Poetry of Earth’ for WBCHSE students class 12.
Question: Why does Keats feel that the poetry of earth is never dead ? (H.S 2015)
Answer:The Romantic poet Keats celebrates the eternal existence of music in the vibrant world of nature through his much focused poem “The Poetry of Earth”. The poet presents the music of nature in two completely different time-frames highlighting the fact that the music of the earth continues through the seasonal cycle. In the scorching heat of summer the absence of music is deeply felt as the song-birds cease to sing, the grasshopper keeps trilling from hedge to hedge in the new-mown meadows. The entire atmosphere turns poetically musical again after the cold frosty winter when silence brings the symphony of nature to a halt. At that very moment the cricket starts its shrill music and that makes the drowsy man feel the warmth amidst the silence. Thus the poetry of earth continues to sweeten nature and gives all human beings sustenance.
Question: What picture of summer is presented in ‘The Poetry of Earth’? How has it been carried onto the picture of winter ? (H.S 2016)
Answer: The poet John Keats celebrates the beauty of nature in the poem “The Poetry of Earth”.He talks about various sound found in the natural world through the lines of his poetry . In summer the sun is hot. The birds are faint and they hide in the cooling shade of the trees. They have stopped to sing . Suddenly the poet listens to the voice of the grasshopper that runs from hedge to hedge over the new-mown meadow. This small insect is not done with the luxuries of summer. When he feels tired after flirting from hedge to hedge’ he rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed. His music delights the poet for it does not let the poetry of the earth cease . The grasshopper takes the lead and charms all with his melodious music.
While in the winter when frost deepens the cold and a strange silence prevails around. All life seeks warmth beside the fire, but even then the earth is not deprived of its music. The crickets celebrate the earth’s melody amidst the barren and dry earth. Thus Nature herself establishes the fact that ‘The poetry of the earth is never dead’.
Question: What does Keats mean by ‘the poetry of earth’? Why does he say that this poetry never ceases ? (H.S 2017)
Answer: The Earth is full of poetry and that poetry is manifested in the various objects of nature through the different forms of music. Under no circumstances this music of the earth is going to cease and this is called “ The Poetry of Earth”. The Romantic poet Keats celebrates the eternal existence of music in the vibrant world of nature through his much focused poem “ The Poetry of Earth”. The poet presents the music of nature in two completely different time-frames. In the heat of summer’s heat when the absence of music is deeply felt as the tired birds cease to sing, the grasshopper keeps trilling from hedge to hedge in the new-mown meadows.
The entire atmosphere turns poetically musical. Again , in cold frosty winter when silence deepens, the music of nature comes to a halt. At that very moment the cricket starts its shrill music and that makes the drowsy man feel the warmth amidst the still silence. Thus the poetry of the earth continues to sweeten nature and gives all human beings sustenance.
Question: Justify the title of the poem ‘The Poetry of Earth’ (2018)
Answer: John Keats’ poem “The Poetry of Earth” celebrates the existence of never ending poetry of nature. The poetry of earth is expressed in the form of the song different creatures. In hot summer, birds cease to sing due to the scorching summer, but the tiny grasshopper remains there to make the earth musical. In the frosty winter, the crickets warmly welcome with its shrill shout. Thus the music of the earth keeps flowing through various forms of nature. And this is the true essence of the poem. There is always somebody to carry on with the natures’ song. So the Title of the poem “ The Poetry of Earth” is appropriate with the theme of the poem.
Question: How does Keats show that the ‘poetry of earth’ never ceases? (2019)
Answer: Keats in his poem ‘poetry of earth’ says that poetry of earth is never ending. When the sun is hot, birds faint and they hide in the cooling trees. The poet listens to the sound of the grasshopper running from hedge to hedge crossing the new mown meadows. In the absence of the song birds in the scorching heat, the grasshopper takes the lead and charms all with its own music. Again in the frosty winter, song of nature manifest itself in the song of cricket. The night of cold winter is warmed by the song of the cricket.The poet claims that the poetry of the earth is never dead. The change of seasons cannot stop or cease the eternal flow of music of the earth, rather nature offers numerous ways to celebrate the earth’s poetry.