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1. There are two voices in the poem. Who do they belong to? Which lines indicate this? 

 2. What does the phrase “strange to tell” mean?  

3. There is a parallel drawn between rain and music. Which words indicate this? Explain the similarity between the two. 

4. How is the cyclic movement of rain brought out in the poem? Compare it with what you have learned in science. 

 5. Why are the last two lines put within brackets? 

 6. List the pair of opposites found in the poem.

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1. The two voices in the poem are the voice of the rain and the voice of the poet. The poem begins in a conversational tone. The lines are “And who art thou? Said I ……..” and „I am the poem of Earth‟.  

2. The phrase „strange to tell‟ means that it is an unusual and extraordinary answer given by the rain drops to the poet who asked who „it was‟. 

 3. 'I am the poem of Earth‟ 

 „For song, issuing from its birth place  After fulfillment, wandering, reck‟d or Unreck"d, duly with love returns. They both return to the place of their origin after fulfilling their tasks. 

4. The poet explains that the rain drops in the form of water vaporous, then rises up from the land and the sea and then descends again on the earth and dry land in order to wash it down and hence comes back to its origin. This is the cyclic movement explained by the poet. It is similar to the Water cycle we have learnt in science. 

5. The last two lines are put within brackets because they do not form the voice of the rain or the poet. They only contain a general observation made by  the poet about the course of a song.  

6. (a) Day, night 

 (b) Reck‟d, unreck‟d  

 (c) Rise, descend

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