CBSE Class 10 English HOTS Poem 4 The Ball Poem
Please refer to CBSE Class 10 English HOTS Poem 4 The Ball Poem below. These High Order Thinking Skills Questions and answers have been prepared based on the latest pattern of questions expected in the CBSE Class 10 English exams. Students should properly understand the questions and answers given below which will help them to get better marks in exams.
Q1. “One should learn to accept and let go and not stick to something that we cannot have”. Elaborate the idea with reference to the poem ‘The ball poem’.
Ans. It is important for everyone to experience to accept the loss and be bold and get on with life. Staying strong is the only way to survive. One should understand that the past is gone and will never come back. Sometimes loss helps us in growing up and we are able to face hardships. We also learn to accept and let go and do not stick to something which we cannot have. In the poem, a little boy lost his only proud possession, i.e. his ball. He is learning what is like experiencing grief when he loses a much beloved possession- his ball. He deeply grieved due to the loss. The poet too feels that it is of no use to purchase another ball. He must feel his responsibility of the loss. The poet makes the boy understand about his responsibilities as the loss is immaterial. Money is external as it cannot buy memories, nor can it replace the things that we love, the things that really matter.
Q2. “You learn more from losing than you do from winning” Justify this sentence with reference to the poem ‘The ball poem’.
Ans. Every one experiences a loss at some point in one’s life. It might be the loss of a beloved, or a parent or a close relative or even a pet. Humans have a tendency of getting attached to things and the loss of things or people close to heart causes grievance. But one must not let that pull us down. Loss is an essential and significant experience of one’s life. And one must learn to deal with it and move on. If we keep thinking about it or grieve over that loss, we can never come out of it. It will only affect us psychologically and can have severe consequences. Brooding over a loss will never help in bringing things back to normal. Loss is inevitable sometimes. Once a loss occurs, one must grieve, but only for a short while. Thereafter one must get over it and move on in life.
Q.3. How is the lost ball, the metaphor of the lost childhood of the boy? Elaborate.
Ans. The boy has a ball. Perhaps he has been keeping it for a long time. He must have developed lot of attachment and with for the ball. Suddenly while he is playing, the ball bounces down the street. And after the few bounces it falls down into the harbor. It is lost forever. The boy stand there shocked and fixed to the ground. He constantly goes on staring at the spot where his ball fell down in water. Outwardly the loss seems to be quite small. The boy seems to be making a fuss over the loss. A new ball can be easily bought in a dime. The Metaphor of the lost ball is beautifully linked with the sweet childhood. No amount of money can buy the ball back that has been lost forever. Similarly no worldly wealth can buy back the lost childhood.