A Photograph by Shirley Toulson Question Answer

A Photograph by Shirley Toulson Question Answer

The chapter A Photograph is the poem of first chapter of  English textbook Hornbill for Class XI. A Photograph is written by Shirley Toulson. This poem presents a nostalgic moment of a daughter who saw a photograph of her mother and other relatives. She finds the happy moments that is no longer exits. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if this is helpful.

Question: What does the word “Cardboard” denote in the poem? Why has this word been used?

Answer: The word cardboard denotes the photograph pasted on a hard thick paper. This word has been used to refer to a practice in the past when photographs were pasted on cardboard and framed with glass front to preserve them.

Question: What has the camera captured?

Answer: The camera has captured the three girls – the poet’s mother and her two cousins, betty and Dolly, in their swimming dresses with the poet’s mother in the middle and the two cousins on either side holding her hands and walking with bare feet in sea water.

Question: What has not changed over the years? Does this suggest something to you?

Answer:  The sea has not changed over the years. Its waves are as fresh, shinging and tireless as they were years ago. The changelessness of sea reminds us of the changes in human face with advancing age.

Question: The poet’s mother laughed at the snapshot. What did this laugh indicate?

Answer: This laugh indicated her joy at remembering an incident connected with her past life, when she was quite young and free from the tensions and worries of life.

Question: What is the meaning of the line “Both wry with laboured ease of loss”. ?

Answer: The sea holiday and the laughter of the poet’s mother are incidents of the past. There is a sense of loss associated with them. Both are amusing yet disappointing as the state of feeling comfortable or relaxed in unnatural or forced one. This sense of loss is quite painful to bear.

Question: What does this circumstance refer to?

Answer: This circumstance refers to the death of the poet’s mother.

Question: The three stanzas depict three different phases. Name them.

Answer:  (a) The girlhood of the poet’s mother – the period before the birth of the poet.

(b) Her middle age – the period during the childhood of the peot.

(c) Period after the death of the poet’s mother.


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