Page No 55:
The poet says, “Beauty is heard in…”
Can you hear beauty? Add a sound that you think is beautiful to the sounds the poet thinks are beautiful.
The poet, Shelley, said:
Heard melodies are sweet,
But those unheard are sweeter.
What do you think this means? Have you ever ‘heard’ a song in your head, long after the song was sung or played?
A sound that is beautiful is the singing of a bird.
In the given lines, Shelley says that when we hear melodies, we enjoy them. However, later when we think about those melodies and remember the lyrics and the music, they seem sweeter. This is because they evolve emotions in us as we hear the music in our heads and we appreciate its real beauty even more than we do when we are actually listening to those songs. That is why Shelley feels that when we hear melodies, they are sweet. However, when later we remember them and listen to them in our heads, they appear sweeter even though they are unheard.
Page No 55:
Read the first and second stanzas of the poem again. Note the following phrases.
Corn growing, people working or dancing, wind sighing, rain falling, a singer chanting
These could be written as
Corn that is growing
People who are working or dancing
Can you rewrite the other phrases like this? Why do you think the poet uses the shorter phrases?
Wind sighing: Wind that is sighing
Rain falling: Rain that is falling
A singer chanting: A singer who is chanting
The poet uses shorter phrases because it is a poem and therefore, its rhyme has to be maintained. Also, it enhances the ‘beauty’ of the poem.
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