Questions Chapter 10 Beautiful Hand
Q.1) In the first stanza, the poetess praises the hands for their spiritual beauty.
What words or phrases tell us that they are not pretty in the physical sense?
The poem is all about the beautiful hands that are responsible for bringing up the child since its birth. In the first stanza, the poetess praises the hands for their spiritual beauty by using the words or phrases such as ‘neither white nor small’, ‘fair at all’, and ‘wrinkled hands.’ The words or phrases are a clear indication of the fact that the hands are not at all pretty in the physical sense.
Why does the poetess praise the hands in the second stanza?
The poetess praises the hands in the second stanza as these are the hands of mothers who are always ready to work for their children. Sometimes they might be tired or sad but they still do hard work for the betterment of their children. Mothers’ first priority is to see their children glad to the fullest without any worries or problems. These enduring hands never like to take rest.
In the third stanza, what does “these hands must be folded be” mean?
In the third stanza, the poetess means by “these hands must folded be” that her mother reaches quite an old age and she must die soon. It is this thought that makes the poetess sad and gloomy imagining her mother lying in her grave beneath the ground with daisies above with her beautiful wrinkled hands that must be folded on her chest serenely.
Who does the poetess praise in this poem?
The poetess praises and pays tribute to her mother in particular and all mothers in general. Basically she wants to appreciate the work done by mothers in bringing up their children and making them a civilized member of a society. It is all due to the sincere efforts of the mothers that one can find in someone’s personality. Mothers used to bear a lot of hardships to bring up their children. Therefore, it is a must for the children to give their mothers utmost respect, love, affection, and care to them.
With a high hand: disregarding the feelings of others.
He settled matters with a high hand and ignored the requests of all concerned.
He is most unpopular because he decides matters without regarding the feelings of others. (Substitute the idiom).
He is the most unpopular because he decides matters with a high hand.