Dust of Snow NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Poem 1
Dust of Snow NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
Dust of Snow Thinking about the Poem
What is a ‘dust of snow’? What does the poet say has changed his mood? How has the poet’s mood changed?
Dust of snow is ‘flakes’. The flakes of snow were dropped by the crow which changed the poet’s mood. Throughout the day he had been repenting for some loss.
How does Frost present Nature in this poem? The following questions may help you to think of an answer.
(i) What are the birds that are usually named in poems? Do you think a crow is often mentioned in poems? What images come to your mind when you think of a crow? ‘
(ii) Again, what is ‘a hemlock tree’? Why doesn’t the poet write about a more ‘beautiful’ tree such as a maple, or an oak, or a pine?
(iii) What do the ‘crow’ and ‘hemlock’ represent-joy or sorrow? What does the dust of snow that the crow shakes off a hemlock tree stand for?
(i) The poet presents nature in the poem in a way that is not very appealing because he is not depicting the beauty or kindness in nature rather he has chosen a bird like a crow which is omnivorous and crooked.
(ii) The crow and hemlock do not represent the joyous state of mind because the poisonous tree makes one feel scared.
(iii) The dust of snow represents the scandalous attitude of people who poison others’ lives by their wickedness.
Have there been times when you felt depressed or hopeless? Have you experienced a similar moment that changed your mood that day?
Happiness and sorrow are the two sides of the same coin. Everybody feels happiness and sorrow in different measures. I too had my share of sorrow when I was not selected in the cricket team of my ‘ school. I never expected this moment to come in my life. But when my friend informed me that my gymnastic teacher had sent my name for state level competition, I was overjoyed to know about this good news.
Dust of Snow Extra Questions and Answers
Dust of Snow Reference-to-Context Questions
Read the stanza given below and answer the questions that follow:
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
(a) ‘Me’ in the above stanza refers to the poet
(b) The ongoing season is
(c) The poet seems to be talking about a snow-covered mountain top. (True/False)
(d) The word in the stanza that means the same as ‘ice’ is
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
(a) The poet seems to be in a mood.
(b) The dust of snow falling on the poet seems to have ………..
changed his mood
(c) The literacy device used in the line 1 is alliteration. (True/False)
(d) The word in the stanza means same as ‘regret’.
Dust of Snow Long Answer Questions
‘Good things come in small packages’. How does the poem, ‘Dust of Snow’, illustrate this idea?
In the poem, the falling of a dust of snow on the poet when a crow shook it off a hemlock tree ushers a profound reaction. It arouses feelings about the greatness of nature, illustrating that nature is the bedrock of human responses. Previously, the poet had treated his heart as a body organ but following this incident, he undergoes a change of mood, with the heart becoming the repository of this change.
He realizes that human beings are rooted to the earth and linked to even the ordinary things, like a crow, hemlock tree, or a drop of snow. The commonplace augurs happiness, thereby proving that good things are to be sought in small packages and seemingly inconsequential ways.