Summary of the poem peace: The poet in the poem peace longs that the people of the world should live in peace and harmony. He would want the people of the world are in complete agreement with each other. He imagines a scene of togetherness where everyone will be holding hands and the world will resound with songs of peace. The poet dreams of a world where there will be no war. In his dream, he saw people signing a document against warfare. After signing the paper they spread this message to the world. The world welcomed the news with a loud cheer. It was an answer to their prayers. The poet longs to see the world impose a ban on guns and swords. This was a strange dream that he had.
1.The poet compares the world to a home (line 1). What does the poet suggest?
Answer: The poet suggests that he wants to make the world a home for every community and religion where there is no discrimination or hatred. People can live in peace and harmony.
2. What does the world of the poet’s dreams look like?
Answer: The world of the poet’s dream looks like a place where people of the world are in complete harmony with one another. He dreams of a scene of peace where everyone will be holding hands and the world will resound with songs of peace.
3. What did the poet dream about? What does it tell you about his innate desire?
Answer: The poet dreamed that somewhere in a room, there were men and women who were signing a deed and that deed declared to end war. Copies of deed were made and distributed amongst the people. After everyone came to know about the deed, they cheered and welcomed the outcome wholeheartedly.
It tells us about the poet’s innate desire for peace and a world free of war and strife.
4. What was the treaty that the people signed? How was it received by the masses?
Answer: The treaty that had been signed was to put an end to war. It was a deal never to fight or start a war. The people received the news with loud cheers and joy. They prayed in gratitude for bringing peace to the land.
5. What are the words/phrases that suggest that the poet wants to put an end to war?
Answer: The words/phrases that suggest that the poet wants to put an end to war are: in perfect harmony; peace throughout the land; standing hand in hand; peace throughout the land; end war and put it in a deed; to end war and never fight like before.
1.What are ‘snow white turtle doves’ a symbol of?
Answer: ‘Snow white turtle doves’ are a symbol of eternal peace. In the Bible, God chose the white dove to portray the Holy Spirit.
Questions 2, 3, 4, and 5 are not necessary for examinations
6. Whenever the poet has a dream, he calls it ‘strangest’. Why?
Answer: Whenever the poet has a dream, he calls it ‘strangest’ because he dreams situations that are not realistic and rather, the opposite is the reality. He dreams about all the people agreeing to end war and put that on a deed as well as to ban guns, uniforms, and swords, which is in sharp contrast to the actual events of the world.
7. The poem is the poet’s yearning for peace. Justify.
Answer: The poem is poet’s yearning for peace. Throughout the poem, the poet uses symbolism, metaphors, and similes to bring out the essence of reconciliation. He talks about a world where everyone, regardless of their differences, lives in peace and harmony. He tries to draw the picture of peace providing metaphors to show how different and better the world will be without wars and uniforms and weapons. It depicts that the poet revers peace amongst men more than anything and dreams about it all the time.
9. Read the lines from the poem and answer the questions that follow.
a) I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand.
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land.
i) How does the poet wish to see the people?
ii) What does the poet wish to hear?
iii) What is the poet’s vision for the world?
iv) Mention the rhyme scheme in these lines.
Answer: i) The poet wish to see the people standing hand in hand.
ii) The poet wish to hear people echo through the hills for peace throughout the land.
iii) The poet wants the world to come together and work towards peace.
iv) The rhyme scheme of the poem is a,b,c,b.
b) Last night I had the strangest dream
I’d never dreamed before.
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To end war and put it in a deed.
i) What was the poet’s dream?
ii) Why does the poet call it the ‘strangest dream’?
iii) Why do you think the poet has repeated the word ‘dream’ thrice in the stanza?
iv) What does the poet long for?
Answer: i) In the poet’s dream, he sees a room full of people who have agreed to end war and put that in a deed.
ii) The poet calls it a strange dream because the dream is in sharp contrast with reality. While in the real world people are always at war against each other, in the dream everyone is together and yearning for peace.
iii) The poet repeated the word ‘dream’ thrice in the stanza to reinforce the near impossibility of the event being a real one besides revealing his yearnings for peace.
iv) The poet long for all people to come together and work for peace.
c) I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand.
And swords and guns and uniforms
Banned throughout the land
i) How does the poet want to see the world?
ii) What does ‘standing hand in hand’ suggest?
iii) What should be banned? Why?
iv) What do swords, guns and uniforms suggest?
Answer: i) The poet in the poem Peace wants to see the world standing together hand in hand.
ii) ‘Standing hand in hand’ suggests agreement and unity to achieve a common goal. In this context, the common goal is peace.
iii) Swords, guns, and uniforms should be banned. They should be banned as they are the very aspects of the world that eludes it from achieving peace. They divide the people and plunges the world into war.
iv) Swords, guns, and uniforms suggest disagreements, wars, and divisions.
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