Orpheus With His Lute Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share Orpheus With His Lute Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by William Shakespeare. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of Mellidora, Meeting Cezanne and Matilda Can Do Magic so, you can check these posts as well.

Orpheus With His Lute Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Bow themselves – bend down
  • Ever sprung – always grew
  • A lasting spring – Orpheus’ music made flowers and trees bloom so it always felt like spring
  • Billows – (Old fashioned) large sea waves
  • Killing – here, making something not exist anymore
  • Grief of heart…. Hearing, die – here, when someone who is sad hears Orpheus’ music, they stop being sad for a while or the sadness goes away forever

Question 1: On which elements of nature does Orpheus’s music have an effect? How does it affect them?

Answer: Orpheus’s music affects various elements of nature such as trees, mountain tops, and sea waves. It causes the trees to bow, the mountain tops to bend, and the sea waves to lower themselves.

Question 2: Ever sprung; as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.

How does the poem use different meanings of the word ‘spring’ here?

Answer: The word ‘spring’ in the poem has two meanings: perpetual blooming and the season itself.

Question 3: The mountain tops bow themselves while the sea waves hung their heads, and then lay by. Which of these can really be seen? Explain.

Answer: Among the elements mentioned, only the sea waves hanging their heads and then lying by can be observed in reality.

Question 4: This poem talks about different effects of music. Which of these are magical and which of these can be observed in real life?

Answer: The poem describes both magical effects (trees bowing, mountain tops swaying) and real effects (continuous blooming of plants, calming of sea waves).

Question 5: The two stanzas of the poem describe two different kinds of effect that music has. Underline the correct difference.

(a) The first stanza talks only about Orpheus’s music and the second stanza does not mention him at all.
(b) The first stanza describes movement and liveliness (‘bow’, ‘sprung’) while the second stanza describes a calming effect (‘Lay by’, ‘fall asleep’).
(c) The first stanza talks only about magical effects white the second stanza describes only real effects.

Answer: The first stanza describes movement and liveliness (‘bow’, ‘sprung’) while the second stanza describes a calming effect (‘lay by’, ‘fall asleep’).

Question 6: Which line of the second stanza seems to have a different rhyming pattern from the first stanza?

Answer: “In sweet music is such art” deviates from the rhyming pattern of the second stanza.

Question 7: The last three lines of this poem are written in the present tense. The rest of it is written mostly in the past tense. Why does the poem use two different tenses?

Answer: The poem uses different tenses to talk about Orpheus’s past actions and the ongoing effect of music. It helps show how music’s power lasts beyond the time of the story, affecting people even today.

So, these were the Questions & Answers.

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