Summary of The Passion of The Earth

The poem “The Passion of Earth” is written by an American naturalist and peace activist, Harriet Kofalk. This poem appears in the English textbook of Class VIII in which the author talks about peace and hopes it will ultimately return to the world after the prevailing violence meets its end

In the poem, the poet describes the states of the earth in present times and in ancient times. The poet says that in past the mountains, seas, birds, and trees live together in peace. There was no pollution in the atmosphere. But later the people if the next generations built fences, dug mines, cut trees birds became less in number and songless. By this indiscriminate vandalism, the earth lost its charm. However, the peaceful nights of silence and the enchanting songs of frogs sustained us all those years. The poet says that time will again come when the land will be free and we all in nature will share the world as before.

Question /Answers of The Passion of The Earth

Q.1 Read stanza 1 again and describe the state of the earth in ancient times.
Ans. The state of the earth in ancient times was free and the whole creation shared it equally, with mountains, the seas, the birds and the trees. There was no pollution in the atmosphere.

Q. 2 Who are the ‘others of line 9’? What did they do?
Ans. The others of line 9 are the people of the next generation who built fences, cut down trees, dug mines and drained out its blood, that is, oil.

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Q. 3 As a result of what others did what happened to the earth?
Ans. The trees were cut, birds became less in number, their songs became less, people became indifferent in planting trees and getting more flowers. The earth lost its charm.

Q. 4 What is that sustained us “through all those years”?
Ans. The nights of silence and the songs of frogs sustained us through all those years.

Q. 5 Does the poem end in hope or despair? Give reasons for your answer.
Ans. The poem ends in an optimistic note. In the end, the poet says that the land will again be free, mountains, seas birds, and trees will live in peace.

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