Working with the Poem
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1.Answer the following questions.
(i) Who is the speaker in the poem?
Ans. It is not very clear who the speaker is, Perhaps, the speaker is the poet himself.
(ii) Is she/he afraid or curious or both?
Ans. The speaker seems to be both curious as well as afraid to go inside the shed. He wants to find out what is inside the shed.
At the same time, he is afraid because he thinks that strange voices could be heard from here and there is possibly a ghost who lives inside the shed.
(iii) What is she/he planning to do soon?
Ans. He/She plans to go inside the shed after some day soon.
(iv) “But not just yet…” suggests doubt, fear, hesitation, laziness or something else. Choose the word which seems right to you. Tell others why you chose it.
Ans. “But not just yet…” seems to suggest lack of preparation. The speaker wants to be further certain and prepare himself for this endeavor. He has already overcome his fears, so there is no fear. However, waiting for the right time could be a reason for postponing the act.
2.Is there a room in your house or a house in your neighbourhood/locality where you would rather not go alone, and never at night? If there is such a place and a story to go with it, let others hear all about it.
Ans. There is a store room in my house which is in the backyard of the house. It is a little away from the main structure. It is full of odd objects and not even lit properly. Thus, going to the store room, at night, calls for a lot of courage.
My mother once asked me to fetch certain things from the store room. When I entered the store room, I felt as if I saw the movement of shadows. I screamed with terror, but later I got to know that those shadows were nothing but my mind’s imagination.