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Travels By The Fireside Poem
The ceaseless rain is falling fast, And yonder gilded vane, Immovable for three days past, Points to the misty main, It drives me in upon myself And to the fireside gleams, To pleasant books that crowd my shelf, And still more pleasant dreams, I read whatever bards have sung Of lands beyond the sea, And the bright days when I was young Come thronging back to me. In fancy I can hear again The Alpine torrent's roar, The mule-bells on the hills of Spain, The sea at Elsinore. I see the convent's gleaming wall Rise from its groves of pine, And towers of old cathedrals tall, And castles by the Rhine. I journey on by park and spire, Beneath centennial trees, Through fields with poppies all on fire, And gleams of distant seas. I fear no more the dust and heat, No more I feel fatigue, While journeying with another's feet O'er many a lengthening league. Let others traverse sea and land, And toil through various climes, I turn the world round with my hand Reading these poets' rhymes. From them I learn whatever lies Beneath each changing zone, And see, when looking with their eyes, Better than with mine own. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Word Meanings: Travels by Fireside
|falling fast||quickly, dropping down fast||तेजी से गिरना|
|yonder||over there (a distant place under sight)||उधर सामने (दूर पर नजर अ रहा है)|
|gilded||shiny, covered with gold layer||सोने या चांदी की तरह चमकता हुआ|
|vane||a blade that shows the direction of the wind blowing||वायु की दिशा बत्ताने वाला यंत्र|
|immovable||not moving||स्थिर, एक जगह रुक हुआ|
|points||indicates||की तरफ इशारा या इंगित करना|
|misty||foggy||कोहरा या ढूंढ से भरा हुआ|
|main||mainland||मुख्य भूमि या भूभाग|
|it||the rainy condition||बारिश वाले हालात|
|drives||inspires, urges or forces||कुछ करने के लिए प्रेरित करना|
|gleam||glow or a flash of reflected light||चमक|
|pleasant||giving pleasure and joy||सुहावना ओर मनोहर|
|bard||poet||कवि या गवैया|
|spire||a roof that rises steeply to point on top of a tower, especially on a church||चोटी, शिखर|
|bright||lively and cheerful||उज्जवल, शानदार|
|throng||to crowd||भीड़ (एक साथ काफी तादाद में आना )|
|fancy||imagination||कल्पना ओर सोच में|
|torrents||heavy rain||भहरी बारिश|
|grove||orchard or a group of fruit bearing trees||बाग|
|castles by Rhine||built by the Rhine river between 12th and 14th century as defense strongholds and tall houses||राइन नदी के किनारों पर बने हुए किले ओर इमारतें|
|cathedral||the main church||चर्च|
|lengthening||longer||ओर लंबाई बढ़ाना|
|league||older unit of measurement of around 3 miles (4 km)||दूरी नापने की एक इकाई|
|centennial||a hundred years old||सौ साल पुराना|
|traverse||going and travelling over the earth and its terrain||पार जाना (चलते या यात्रा करते हुए)|
|toil||work hard||मेहनत, श्रम|
|beneath||under, between||के नीचे या बीच में|
Summary: Travels by Fireside
HW Longfellow’s poem ‘Travels by The Fireside ‘ celebrates the pleasures of armchair travel, as the poet creates a comfortable indoor setting by a roaring fire in his library while the rain pours outside. He then embarks on imaginary journeys to places that captivate him through the words and images in his books. The poet takes in the sights and sounds of various destinations, including the Alps, Spain, Denmark, the Rhineland, and vast stretches of the ocean. He revels in the fact that he can experience these far-off places without enduring any discomfort or exhaustion, unlike those who undertake such arduous journeys. Instead, the poet prefers to immerse himself in the works of great writers and explore these adventures through the pages of their books.
Textbook Exercise Solutions
A. Answer these questions with reference to the context.
- It drives me in upon myself ..
a. What does ‘it’ stand for?
b. What is the poet talking about in this line?
c. What does this lead the poet to do?
- I fear no more the dust and heat, No more I fear fatigue,
While journeying with another’s feet…
a. Why does he not fear the ‘dust and heat’?
b. Explain While journeying with another’s feet?
c. What kind of travel does the poet prefer?
- And see, when looking with their eyes, Better than with mine own.
a. Whose eyes is the poet referring to?
b. How can one see better with someone else’s eyes?
c. Do you agree with the poet? Give reasons.
- a. ‘It’ stands for the rain.
b. The poet is talking about the fact that the rain forces him to stay indoors and introspect.
c. It leads him to his books and to daydream.
- a. He does not fear the dust and heat anymore because he is not really travelling anymore.
b. He is seeing the faraway places that others have travelled to from their descriptions of their
c. The poet is an armchair traveller, who would rather read about travelling than actually go
- a. The poet is referring to the eyes of travel writers.
b. The argument might work if a person does not have great powers of observation herself/himself
and someone else’s account of a place might be more revealing.
c. Subjective question. Any logically argued answer is acceptable.
B. Answer these questions.
- And the bright days when I was young/Come thronging back to me.
Do you get a sense of what the poet might have been like as a young person?
- What does the poet see in each of the places he mentions by name?
- What does the poet mean when he says, ‘I turn the world round with my hand’?
- What is the poet’s argument for being better off than actual travellers?
- What, according to you, are the advantages and disadvantages of being an armchair traveller?
1. The poet as a young person might have been fond of reading books and willing or wishing to travel the world or at least places he would read in books and writings.
2. He sees raging mountain streams in the Alpine regions, the sea at Elsinore, convent walls, pine groves, cathedral towers and castles in Rhineland and hears mule bells in Spain.
3. The poet metamorphically means turning the world around by turning the pages of his books.
4. The poet considers himself better off than actual travellers because he gets to avoid the fatigue, the inclement weather and the grime.
5. Advantages: no fatigue, no dust and heat, no expense, no travelling in real and facing its nuances, instead we can enjoy such travels being by the fireside as the poet does.
Disadvantages: no real sightseeing, no shopping, no photography, no real experiences of weather conditions and the people living there. Maybe a guilt inside of doing fakery to bypass real travelling!
A. Find the words from the poem which mean the same as these words/phrases.
- work hard
- an old unit of distance