KEEPING QUIET QUESTION ANSWER

           KEEPING QUITE

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the Earth
let's not speak in any language,
let's stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
Without rush, without engines,
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victory with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothings.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.

Perhaps the Earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I'll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet  and I will go.

Paragraph wise explanation

The poem " Keeping Quiet " is one of the best compositions of Pablo  Neruda. Through this poem the poet wants us to realise the essence of quiet introspection and creating a feeling of mutual understanding among human beings. At the very begining of the poem the poet ask us to count to twelve and to keep still for that moment. He also requests us not to talk in any language in the earth just for once and even not to do any work.

According to the poet if we all keep still for a second on the face of the earth and even not make any physical movement  to do something, it would be an exotic moment for us all . It would be a wonderful moment for us all where there would be no rush and engines and we all fell together in a sudden strangeness. In this exotic moment we would get the chance to develop a mutual understanding with each other.

In the poem the poe Pablo Neruda suggests the fisherman not to harm the whales in the cold sea. He hopes the fisherman


QUESTION ANSWERS FOR TWO MARKS.

1) Why is Pablo Neruda against 'total inactivity' ?
= In the poem " Keeping Quiet" the poet tells us again and again not to be confused with total inactivity. He clarifies that 'total inactivity' means death and he wants no truck with death. According to him keeping still or doing nothing for sometime does not mean total inactivity. He thinks that keeping still for a while helps us to work more with a fresh mind. That is why Pablo Neruda is against 'total inactivity'.

2) What is the ' sadness' that the poet refers to in the poem " Keeping Quiet " ?
= Man is the begetter of all his troubles. The troubles and sorrows that comes to man's life from his busy life and for not understanding each other is the 'sadness' that the poet refers to in the poem ' Keeping Quiet' .

3) What are the different kinds of war mentioned by the poet in the poem " Keeping Quiet " ?
= The different kinds of war mentioned by the poet in the poem " Keeping Quiet " are- green wars, wars with gas and wars with fire.

4)What should the warmongers do ?
= The warmongers instead of inviting wars should put on clean clothes and walk with their brothers in the shade.

5) How long does the poet in the poem " Keeping Quiet " want to stay still ?
= In the poem " Keeping Quiet " the poet wants us to stay still just for a moment.  He will count up to twelve and request us all to keep still for that moment.

6) Why does the poet Pablo Neruda ask us to keep still and not to talk in any language ?
= If we all in the world will keep still just for a moment, and not talk in any language, it would be an exotic moment for us all, where there would be no rush and engine, and we all would be together in a sudden strangeness. So, the poet Pablo Neruda asks us to keep still and not to talk in any language.

7) What does the poet Pablo Neruda  mean by ' not move our arm so much ' ?
= By ' not move our arm so much' the poet wants to mean that we would not do any work for which we have to move our hands.

8)What will counting up to twelve and keeping still help us to achieve ?
= Counting up to twelve and keeping still for that moment will help us to achieve an exotic moment where there would no rush and engines, and where we all would be together in a sudden strangeness.

9) Why does Pablo Neruda wish to count upto twelve ?
= Pablo Neruda wants to count up to twelve and wishes us to keep still because if we keep still for a moment , it would be an exotic moment for us all where there would be no rush and engine and where we all would be together in a sudden strangeness.

10) What is the exotic moment the poet Pablo Neruda wishes for ?
= Exotic moment is a rare moment where there is no rush and engine, where there is peace, and where we all feel together in a sudden strangeness. This is the exotic moment that the poet Pablo Neruda wishes for.

11) According to Pablo Neruda what important lesson can the earth teach us ?
= According to the Pablo Neruda the earth teaches us an inportant lesson that when everything seems dead the later proves to be alive.

12) Why quietness would be an exotic moment for the poet ?
= If we all in the earth keep quite for a moment, it would be a rare moment for us all where there would be no rush and engines. There would be only peace and peace where we could develop mutual understanding among us and we all would be together in a sudden strangeness. That is why quietness would be an exotic moment for the poet.

13) What does the poet suggest the fisherman and the man gathering salt ?
= The poet suggest the fisherman not to harm the whales, and the man gathering salt to take care of their hurt hands.
14) Why does the poet request the war mongers to walk with their brothers in the shade ?

Q) Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow it.

" Those who prepare green wars,
  wars with gas,, wars with fire,
  victory with no survivors,
  would put on clean clothes
  and walk about with their brothers,
  in the shade, doing nothing."

Questions

a) Name the poet of the poem  of this above lines.
= The name of the poem of this above lines is " Keeping Quiet " .

b) What are the different kinds of wars mentioned by the poet in the passage ?
=The different kinds of war mentioned by the poet in the passage are- green wars, wars with gas and wars with fire.

c) What kind of victory do they achieve ?
= They achieve such kind of victory where there would be no survivors to enjoy it.

d)What should the warmongers do ?
= The warmongers instead of inviting wars should put on clean clothes and walk with their brothers in the shade.

e) Find the word in the passage that mean ' those left alive'  and 'win' .
= In the passage the word 'survivors' mean 'those left alive' and the word 'victory' means 'win'.


" Fisherman in the cold sea
  would not harm whales
  and the man gathering salt
  would look at his hurt hands.

Questions

a) In what activity, does the fisherman engage in the cold sea ?
= The fisherman is engaged in the activity of harming whales.

b) What happens to the men gathering salt ?
= The men gathering salt get hurt in their hands.

c) What should the men gathering salt should do ?
= The men gathering salt should look after their hurt hands.

d) Name the poet of these above lines .
= Pablo Neruda is the poet of these above lines.


" Now we will count to twelve
   and we will all keep still.

   For once on the face of the earth
   let's not speak in any language,
   let's stop for one second,
   and not move our arms so much.

Questions:-

a) Name the poet of these above lines.
= The poet of these above lines is Pablo Neruda.

b) Why does the poet ask us to do for once on the face of the earth ?
= For once on the face of the earth the poet asks us not to speak in any language and not to move our arms so much.

c) Why does the poet Pablo Neruda ask us to keep still and not to talk in any language ?
= If we all in the world will keep still just for a moment, and not talk in any language, it would be an exotic moment for us all, where there would be no rush and engine, and we all would be together in a sudden strangeness. So, the poet Pablo Neruda asks us to keep still and not to talk in any language.

d) What does the poet Pablo Neruda  mean by ' not move our arm so much ' ?
= By ' not move our arm so much' the poet wants to mean that we would not do any work for which we have to move our hands.

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