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Transcript of THE FOG
BY: W H Davies
The poet finds himself in a fog so thick that he is disoriented and cannot find his way home. He is then helped by a man who promised to take him home. Once the poet got home, he realizes that the man who led him home was blind.
he street lamps, and the lights – There were street lamps
Upon the halted cars, – and their light fell upon the halted cars
Could either be on earth – but I could not say if they were really lamps
Or be the heavenly stars. – or the stars in the sky.
A man passed by me close, – While I walked thus,
I asked my way, he said, – a stranger passed by,
“Come, follow me, my friend”— And he asked me to follow him
I followed where he led. – So I followed him, without suspecting him.
He rapped the stones in front, – Finally we reached a house and the man striked on the stones in front
“Trust me,” he said, “and come”; – He asked me to trust him, to follow him into the stone hut,
I followed like a child — I followed him, without doubting
A blind man led me home. – Once inside, I learnt that he was a blind man.
I saw the fog grow thick – I saw the fog growing enormously heavy,
Which soon made blind my ken; – Soon the fog made me blind,
It made tall men of boys, – Boys appeared to be tall men in the fog,
And giants of tall men. – And tall men appeared to be giants in the fog.
It clutched my throat, I coughed; – The fog had its effect on me. I felt like being choked, I coughed,
Nothing was in my head – My head seemed empty,
Except two heavy eyes – Yet I could feel my eyes, very heavy now,
Like balls of burning lead. – I could feel the heat of my eyes.
And when it grew so black – The red, hot light in my eyes was now gone. It was dark.
That I could know no place, – I lost directions, track…
I lost all judgment then, – I was not able to decide where I should move, where I was…
Of distance and of space. – No idea how much distance I covered and how much I had to cover.
A6.Ken means sight
A7.It refers to the poets eyes
A8.The poet compares the cars and street lights to the stars because ,the fog was so thick that it was difficult to differentiate
A10.The poet trusted the blind man
William Henry Davies (1870-1940) was born in newport, and spent some time in the United States as a young man. When he finally settled in Britain, he took to poetry and his work, The Soul's Destroyer and other poems, published in 1905, was well received. several more volumes followed, amongst which The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1908), described the trials he endured during his visits to the States
Q1.Apart from the last line,the poet provides the reader with another clue that his guide cannot see.quote the line?
Q2.Who led the poet home?
A2.A blind man
Q3.What did the fog make of tall men and boys?
Q4.Is the poet a man or a boy?
Q5.Why does the poet say 'i lost all judgement of distance and space'?
Q6.Why does the poet say 'I followed like a child'
A6.The poet says so because he trusted the blind man like how a child trusts a person
Q7.What does the line 'Like balls of burning lead' mean?
A7.It means the poet could feel the heat of his eyes
Q6.what is the meaning of 'ken'?
Q7.'And when it grew so black" What does 'it' refer to?
Q8.'Or be the heavenly stars' Why does the poet compare the cars and street lights to the heavenly stars?
Q9.The word halted shows that the cars were probably:
Q10.The last stanza of the poem tells us that:
A1.the poet could only see and feel the fog
Q2.'It clutched my throat,i coughed' tell us that
Q1.What could the poet only see and feel?
A2.The poet was suffocating because of the fog
Q3.The blind man could lead his way through the fog because he:
A3.He knew his way
Q4.'.....the stones int he front in the last stanza refer to:
A4.The road they were on
Q5.What did the poet mean by he rapped the stones in front'?
A5.This means that the he striked the stones in front
A1.The line is 'he rapped the stones in front'
A2.A blind man
A3.The fog made giants of tall men and tall men of boys
A4.The poet is a boy
A5.The fog blinded him
Q8.Who is the poet
A8.The poet is William Henry Davies
Q9.When was the autobiography of a super tramp published?
Q10.When did WH Davies die?
SOME QUESTIONS ON THE POET
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