Category : Poetry and Short Stories

Poetry Study Aid: Abou Ben Adhem: Leigh Hunt

The poem ‘Abou Ben Adhem’ by Leigh Hunt – a short, parable-like poem – advocates the idea that the best way to express your love for God is by simply loving your fellow human beings. Abou Ben Adhem is the anglicized name of one of the most prominent early Sufi saints, Ibrahim ibn Adham. He is a legendary figure whose renunciation of his position as a king to become an ascetic to practise a deeply religious life rejecting the pomp and splendour of royal wealth is magnificently celebrated in the Sufi tradition.

The poem Abou Ben Adhem consists of two stanzas; the first with fourteen lines and the second with four. The two parts of the poem represent the two separate visits from the angel to Abou Ben Adhem and the two forms of love that the poem relates-love for God and love for humanity.… Read More “Poetry Study Aid: Abou Ben Adhem: Leigh Hunt”

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Literature in English
Poetry and Short Stories

Time: One Hour Max Marks: 50 Marks
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
I, loving freedom, and untried;
No sport of random gust,
Yet being myself a guide,
Too blindly have reposed my trust…..
a. What do you learn about the poet here?

b. The poet addresses Duty differently on various occasions. Give at least two such addresses and explain them.
c. What is the creed that the poet talks about? What is the benefit of following this creed?
d. Why did the poet decide to subject himself to the dictates of Duty?
e. The poets appeals Duty to do a humbler function. What is the function? Why is it humble?
f. What appeals to you in the poem? Why?
Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Me only cruel immortality
Consumes; I wither slowly in thy arms,
Here at the quiet limit of the world,
A white haired shadow roaming like a dram
The ever silent spaces of the East,
Far-folded musts, gleaming halls of the morn.
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