MP Board Class 12th Special English Important Questions Chapter 9 After Apple-Picking
I. Answer the following questions in about 50 – 60 words each:
Why can’t the poet rub strangeness from his sight? (M.P. 2013)
The poet is overtired of apple-picking. Still there are a lot to pick. He has gone sleepless for many nights. He is drowsing of the essence of the apples. Whatever he saw from the pane of his window, the fact is far more different. So he is amazed.
What is implied by the phrase, ‘Just some human sleep’?
Here the expression ‘Just for human sleep’ implies that human beings are made to have a little rest after working for a certain duration. It is the need of his physical system which refreshes him to enable him to work again with energy. So he works in day and sleeps in night. Here as he is overtired he wishes just for human sleep.
What does the repeated reference to ‘sleep’ in the poem imply?
In this poem the poet gives his reflections on boredom and drudgery in the after math of the task of picking apple. He has got overtired. He is feeling drowsiness. He has gone sleepless. Again and again he talks of ‘sleep’ for he needs it the most. Sleep is here used as a rejuvenating factor in a man’s life.
II. Answer the following questions in about 75 – 100 words each:
Give the central idea of the poem. (M.P. 2009)
After Apple-Picking is a well-known poem on man’s encounter with the natural world, probing dilemma of his existence. Here the poet gives reflections on boredom and drudgery in the aftermath of the task of picking apples. The overtired apple-picker fails to enjoy his life amid the pristine natural beauty. The poem is trapped in the utilitarian ways of modem civilization. Its central theme is that modem civilization marked by the culture of excessive work for increasing material gain to no end.
Justify the title of the poem. ‘After Apple-Picking’. (M.P. 2017 Imp.)
‘After Apple-Picking’ is a suitable title for this poem. In this poem the poet gives his feelings for the overstrained civilization and way of modem life. Through the work of apple-picking he explains his ideas. Apple symbolises a fruit of high worth from every point of view. The poet has a bumper harvest of apple and while picking it up gets overtired. Every situation reflects the poet’s view and all through apple.