Dawn at Puri Questions and Answers Marks-2

 

Dawn at Puri Questions and Answers Marks-2

 

Q. 1. Comment on the phrase “Endless crow noises“?

Ans. The referred phrase is taken from Dawn at Puri by Jayanta Mahapatra.

 

It should be noted that the crowing of the crows is not pleasant at all. It indicates that there is a dead body which they want to eat. Hence the tone of the poem is quite a sad right from the beginning.

 

Q.2. Comment on the phrase “tilts empty country towards hunger”?

Ans. The referred phrase is taken from Dawn at Puri by Jayanta Mahapatra.

 

There is a skull in the holy sands. The word Holy is ironical because during cremation nothing is left except the ashes. However, the presence of skull symbolizes the hollowness of rites and rituals of his community and also the poverty which dominates the poet’s country i.e. India.

 

Q. 3. What does the town of Puri symbolize in the poem “Dawn at Puri”?

 

Ans. The town of Puri here symbolizes the whole country. And if the skull remains intact after cremation in such a holy and sacred city, the poet wonders what would be the condition in other cities which are not holy.

 

Q. 4. Comment on the phrase “White-clad widowed women”?

Ans. The referred phrase is taken from Dawn at Puri byJayanta Mahapatra. The poet takes his attention towards the white-clad widowed Women. The women are white-clad because, in Hinduism, the women have to wear white clothes till death after their husbands die.

 

5.What is implied by the term ‘widowed women’?

 

Ans. The referred phrase is taken from Dawn at Puri by Jayanta Mahapatra.

The poet, rather than using “widows” calls them “Widowed women” which points to the patriarchal norms of Indian society which make the woman widow after the death of her husband. She has to wear white sarees, give up worldly desires and sexual pleasures.

 

Q. 6. “Past the centers of their lives”-What is the source of the phrase? Who are referred to as ‘their’? What is meant by ‘centers of their lives”?

 

Ans. The referred phrase is taken from Dawn at Puri by Jayanta Mahapatra

 

The white clad widowed women are referred to as ‘their’. “Centers” here refer either to their husbands or the desires. Whatever may be the exact meaning, they are now without their centre i.e. purpose of their lives.

 

Q. 7. Comment on the symbolical significance of the term “the Great Temple.”

 

Ans. The phrase Great Temple is quite ironical because the poet suggests the hollowness of rituals in the beginning. The women are perhaps made to believe that the temple is great and they can find the peace there only.

 

Q. 8. Comment on the phrase “Their austere eyes stare like those caught in a net”?

 

Ans. The referred phrase is taken from Dawn at Puri by Jayanta Mahapatra.

 

It is a reference to widows wearing white saris. The misery resulting in utter hopelessness is clearly visible on their faces for there is an expression of solemnity in the eyes of the widows in which no worldly desire is perceptible and which are full of desire like the eyes of creatures trapped in a net.

 

Q.9. What does the term “Their austere eyes” mean in the poem “Dawn at Puri”?

 

Ans. The eyes of the widowed women are described as austere. Austere here means without any desire for worldly pleasure and desire. The women after losing their husbands have given up the worldly lives.

 

Q.10. What does the term “caught in a net” symbolize in the poem “Dawn at Puri”?

 

Ans. Here net is the symbolic net of the patriarchal society. Like a trapped bird, the women have lost the freedom of their mind and body.

 

0.11. Comment on the phrase “hanging by the dawn’s shining strands of faith.”

 

Mahapatra, Ans. The referred phrase is taken from Dawn at Puri by Jayanta

 

While standing there to enter the temple, the widowed womewn are hopeful for a peaceful life. Entering the temple is the only desire left in them like seeing the morning light is the only desire and hope of a trapped bird.

 

Q.12. Comment on the phrase “The frail early light”?

 

Ans. The referred phrase is taken from Dawn at Puriby Jayanta Mahapatra. The dim light of the dawn is a reference to the title of the poem which must be noted.

 

Q.13. Comment on the term “leprous shells”?

 

Ans. In the poem “Dawn at Puri,” by Jayanta Mahapatra, the poet describes leprous shells who are ruined and are leaning against one another, Leprous shells here either refer to the beggars who are always near the temple asking for money or the low cast people who are not allowed to enter the temple.

 

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