Unseen Poems for Class 9

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Students who are planning to score higher marks in class 9 English poem should practice the English poem for class 9 before attending the CBSE board exam. 

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1-Read each and every one of the lines carefully in the poem. Read the poem twice, it will help you in understanding more about the poem and make it less difficult for you to find the answer.

2-If the poem has a title, then read it first as it gives you the basic idea about the poem.

3-While reading the poem underline all the word which you find difficult because you can be tested on those word in the vocabulary question.

4-Always give importance to the beginning and end of the poem because it often has the most important information of the poem.

5-While answering the question be sure that you have completely understood the question because the answer should be relevant to the question. Don’t try to give a general answer.

6-Ensure that you answer the question as it carries how much mark is needed. The subjective question should be answered incomplete sentence.

7-Write the answer in your own language and modify the answer according to the question.

8-Answer should be derive from the information in given poem.

9-Ensure that you use a similar tense in which the question has been asked.

10-In MCQs read the questions and options properly before choosing the correct option because all options are often related.

9- Write the correct question number in answer sheet to avoid mistake.

Unseen Poem for class 9 with answers

1. Read the following poem carefully:

Turn, Fortune turn thy wheel, and lower the proud;
Turn thy wild wheel thro’ sunshine, storm, and cloud;
Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor hate.
Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel with smile or frown;
With that wild wheel we go not up or down;
Our hoard is little, but our hearts are great.
Smile and we smile, the lords of many lands;
Frown and we smile, the lords of our own hands;
For man is man and master of his fate
Turn, turn thy wheel above the staring crowd;
Thy wheel and thou are shadows in the cloud;
Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor late
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Idylls of the King

(1) We neither love nor hate ` means’__.
(a) we are unconcerned
(b) we disregard
(c) we are unrelated
(d) we are not touched

(2) The words `lower the proud’ are request to Fortune to __.
(a) throw down those who are snobbish
(b) bring down the proud
(c) humiliate people
(d) make powerful people lose power

(3) Our hoard is little means __.
(a) we have little fortune
(b) we don’t have much in our stores
(c) we are not wealthy
(d) what we have collected is little

(4) `The lords of our hands’ means __.
(a) we have our destiny in our own hands
(b) we are farmers
(c) we have strong hands
(d) we control our life

(5) The wheel of fortune symbolizes__________.
(a) changes in fortune
(b) ups and downs in life
(c) a spinning wheel
(d) a giant wheel

2. Read the following poem carefully:

The tigress Razia lives alone.
Her two cubs haven‟t been named.
Sheru barely played with them
And now he‟s gone, O what a shame!
Sheru was an expert on winds,
Knew how they traversed dale and hill.
And where they put up for the night
When no leaf stirred and all was still.
He knew their winds, their traffic lanes!
He knew the deer would smell him out,
If they were down – wind.
So he would belly – crawl and crouch
And take a long circular route,
Hiding behind bush and shrub.
Once he knew his scent won‟t carry,
In a flash he would erupt.
(Deer hadn‟t sniffed that thick and musty
Smell of his which people dubbed
As tiger – scent.) He got the stag,
His claw fell like a giant club
On neck and antler – both were crushed.
Now Sheru‟s gone. Not any more
Do people fear his dreaded spoor, (smell)
Pug – marked on the forest floor.
Grief and fear start competing
In Razia‟s heart. With Sheru gone,
Will the hyenas hound her cubs ?
Can she leave the little ones alone,
When she goes hunting flesh and bone ?
The tigress Razia lives in fear.
A greater dread, when will again
The poachers with their guns appear ?

Answer the following questions by choosing appropriate options from those given below :

(1) The tigress Razia lives alone because
(a) Sheru has gone
(b) her cubs haven‟t been named
(c ) she wants to live alone
(d) she wants to play with her cubs

(2) Sheru would crawl on his belly because
(a) he wanted to play in the grass
(b) the deer would smell him out
(c ) it was very windy
(d) he wanted to hide from poachers

(3) „In a flash he would erupt‟ means
(a) roar in anger
(b) leap high up in the air
(c ) flash like lightening
(d) pounce on his unsuspecting prey

(4) With Sheru gone, Razia experiences
(a) happiness and pride
(b) anger and frustration
(c ) grief and fear
(d) excited and adventurous

(5) Poachers are people who
(a) keep pets
(b) train animals
(c ) hunt animals illegally
(d) cure animals

3. Read the following poem carefully:

When I see birches bent left to right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy‘s been swinging them.
But swinging doesn‘t bend them down to stay.
Ice storms do that. Often you must have seen them
Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
After a rain. They click upon themselves
As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored
As the stir cracks and erases their enamel.
Soon the sun‘s warmth makes them shed their crystal shells
Shattering and avalanching on the snow crust
Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away
You‘d think the inner dome had fallen.

Read the questions given below and write the most appropriate option in your aswer sheet :

(A) The birch trees were bent down by __
(a) the boys
(b) the poet
(c) the ice storms
(d) their weight

(B) ‘cracks and erases their enamel’ refers to __
(a) the breaking of the ice
(b) the paint peeling off
(c) the cutting of the branches
(d) the snapping of the branches

(C) The warmth of The sun _
(a) causes flowers to bloom
(b) makes the poet feel happy
(c) melts the ice
(d) reminds the poet of his childhood

(D) The poet is _
(a) in a reminiscent mood
(b) in love
(c) bitter
(d) angry

4. Read the following poem carefully:

Whose woods these are I think I know
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound‟s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.

  • Robert Frost

Answer the following choosing the most appropriate options :

  1. The word „harness‟ means _.
    (a) the bells tied to a horse‟s neck
    (b) the tail of a horse
    (c) a set of leather belts & straps put on a horse
    (d) the neigh of a horse
  2. „Flake‟ refers to _.
    (a) thin flattened piece of ice
    (b) wafer
    (c) easy wind
    (d) farmhouse
  3. The poet stopped to _.
    (a) feed his horse
    (b) take rest for a while
    (c) relax in his farmhouse
    (d) watch the snow falling all around
  4. The horse jingled his harness bells __.
    (a) because he was tired
    (b) to ask if there was some mistake
    (c) as he was feeling cold
    (d) to inform that there was a farmhouse near
  5. The poet realized that although the woods were lovely and inviting him to stop __.
    (a) he has to fulfil his promises before taking rest
    (b) he could not take rest in someone else‟s farmhouse
    (c) he had to travel miles to reach his village
    (d) his horse had become very tired

5. Read the following poem carefully:

A Poem by Tennyson
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate
options from the ones given below :

(1) The occassion associated with these lines is:
(a) Thanksgiving
(b) Christmas
(c) New Year
(d) Summer

(2) The poet wants the New year to bring _.
(a) happiness and joy
(b) sweet manners and purer laws
(c) truth
(d) all of the above

(3) Feud is __.
(a) an ongoing quarrel with bad feelings on each side
(b) a game that creates feelings of comfort
(c) a waterway that is similar to a deep river
(d) a home with separate living quarters for servants

(4) “Redress” in the poem means _.
(a) to get dressed again, to change clothes
(b) clothing worn by an older person
(c) making up for a wrong or injustice
(d) playing holiday music

(5) The word which means the opposite of “modern” is __.
(a) happy
(b) noble
(c) strife
(d) ancient

6. Read the following poem carefully:

Little Liza Lillian never could sit down.
She was always dancing, around and around.
She’d knock over furniture, room by room,
Until she made her mother fume:
“Little Liza Lillian Brown,
What keeps you dancing around and around ?
You should sit quietly in your chair
And really, show a bit more care!”
“What is it that goes through your head,
That makes you want to dance in bed,
And makes you dance through dinner too ?
This house feels just like a zoo!”
But Liza Lillian could not stop.
It was in her nature to spin and hop.
She let her arms flow below and above,
Pretending she was a snow-white dove.
As she scuffed and rumpled all the rugs,
She jumped and leaped like toads and frogs.
As she swayed and fluttered from side to side,
She thought how butterflies would glide.
Like swift cheetahs running up and down,
She raced at top speed, all over town.
Like fishes gurgling in the ocean deep,
She swam and swam – even while asleep.
“Little Liza Lillian Brown,
You really are too much of a clown.
I do not like this dancing, no.
You need to be serious, still, and slow.”
But Little Liza Lillian Brown
Never stopped dancing around and around.
She danced through school without a pause,
And then danced on stage to loud applause.
Liza Lillian is little no more.
She still finds joy in the dance, like before.
Now she has fame and admiring glances,
As she shares with the world her animal dances.

(a) The poet most likely wrote this poem to________.
(i) entertain readers
(ii) show readers how to dance
(iii) convince readers to behave
(iv) inform readers

(b) The word „fume‟ used in the poem means __
(i) angry
(ii) brave
(iii) hopeful
(iv) sorry

(c) Which question is answered in lines 5 – 8 ?
(i) Does Liza Lillian take dancing lessons ?
(ii) Which dance does Liza Lillian do most often ?
(iii) How old is Liza Lillian ?
(iv) What is Liza Lillian’s last name ?

(d) In lines 9 – 12 , Liza Lillian’s mother does not understand why Liza

(i) dislikes dinner
(ii) likes zoos
(iii) is so active
(iv) gets so tired

(e) The word applause in this poem means _.
(i) stopping
(ii) crying
(iii) clapping
(iv) singings

7. Read the following poem carefully:

The simple white card said
A white Wedding card
Deepthy weds Sreekumar,
Means nothing at all to you
I know. Just a card
That might come handy
As a scoop at cleaning time
On a Sunday morning
To scrape out obstinate dust
Swept out from under carpets.
To me it means
The girl I had piggy-backed
Carried around as a poodle,
Chased, caught doodling on my papers
Would take off on an October morning
To return perhaps three years later
With a Texan air and accent
To extend a pink or blue bundle
And sit under a mango tree
To tell me all about Wild West
And like the Kabuliwallah;
I‟d see only her tiny fingers
Prising open the plastic petal,
Opaque banana flower petal,
Rounding pink mouth, drawing out
That single droplet of honey—-
The tendril fingers thrust out
To be dabbed a deep red
At the tiny tips —
The card meant-
Her curly hair dripping
Her long skirt dragging
She would not come any more
To sit at the foot of my bed
And break up my noon nap
Next summer break.
Neerda Suresh

(a) A white wedding card to others means __
(i) just a card
(ii) a card for picking up dust
(iii) a card for sweeping under the carpet
(iv) a card for scratching

(b) The girl would bring back „pink or blue bundle‟ means __
(i) she would come back with loads of money
(ii) colourful gifts for the poet
(iii) a grandchild
(iv) a grand gift

(c) The poetess and the girl are _
(i) neighbours
(ii) friends
(iii) mother-daughter
(iv) aunt-niece

(d) Identify the figure of speech used in line 3 of second stanza __
(i) personification
(ii) simile
(iii) imagery
(iv) metaphor

(e) The tone of the poetess in the poem is expressive of __
(i) regret
(ii) joy
(iii) nostalgia

8. Read the following poem carefully:

The Character of a Happy life
Sir Henry Wotton
How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another‟s will;
Whose armour is his honest thought
And simple truth his utmost skill;
Whose passions not his masters are;
Whose soul is still prepared for death,
Not tied unto the world with care
Of public fame, or private breath;
Who envies none that chance doth raise,
Or vice; who never understood
How deepest wounds are given by praise,
Nor rules of state, but rules of good;
Who hath his life from rumours freed,
Whose conscience is his strong retreat;
Whose state can neither flatterers feed,
Nor ruin make accusers great;
Who God doth late and early pray
More of His grace than gifts to lend;
And entertains the harmless day
With a well-chosen book or friend;
This man is freed from servile band
Of hope to rise, or fear to fall;
Lord of himself, though not of lands;
And having nothing, yet hath all.

Complete the following statements by choosing the most appropriate
options from the ones given below :

(1) According to the poet a happy man is one who :
(a) does not serve others
(b) obeys every one
(c) is disobedient
(d) is honest and truthful

(2) We must free ourselves from inner passions :
(a) to prevent them from controlling our lives
(b) to be prepared for death
(c) to stop caring
(d) to avoid worrying

(3) A person pledged to a happy life:
(a) does not envy any successful person
(b) does not envy those who rise by chance
(c) does not envy those who rise by immoral means
(d) does not envy others

(4) In stanza 4 the word „retreat‟ means :
(a) moving away
(b) sanctuary
(c) departure
(d) flight

(5) The final stanza indicates that a happy man:
(a) has nothing that he desires
(b) has no hopes or fears
(c) has everything that a man desires
(d) is free of everything

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Q.1: How will I prepare myself to solve the unseen poem for class 9?

Answer: In the Exam, you will be given a small part of any poem and you need to answer them to score good marks in your score. So firstly understand what question is being asked. Then, go to the passage and try to find the clue for your question. Read all the alternatives very carefully. Do not write the answer until you feel that you have selected the correct answer.

Q.2: What precaution should we take before writing the answer in an unseen poem for class 9?

Answer: Do not try to write the answer without reading the poem Read all the alternatives very carefully, don’t write the answer until you feel that you have selected the correct answer. Check your all answers to avoid any mistakes.

Q.3: How do we score high marks in unseen poem for class 9?

Answer: Study the question before reading the poem. After that, read the poem and highlight the word which you find related to the question and a line before that word and one after that. With this strategy, you will be able to solve most questions and score higher marks in your exam.

Q.4: What is the difference between seen and unseen poem for class 9?

Answer: A Seen poem is a poem which you have already read and know what is in it.While in the unseen poem, you are not familiar with the poem and don’t know what is in it.

Q.5 How do I manage time in unseen poem for class 9?

Answer: Take a clock and set the time in which you should just complete all questions.If you can’t complete the poem in that time.don’t worry, find that part in which you take a long time to solve the question. By doing this, you can easily manage your time to solve the question of passage.