Desires to live Among Animals: The poet desires to live among the animals because they are serene and self-contented. They are too wise to bewail over their condition. They weep for their sins and do their duty to God.
Quality of satisfaction: The animals are always satisfied. They do not possess the mania of possessing things. They do not show respect for the others. They even do not respect their thousand old ancestors. They are equal in sorrow and happiness.
Poet`s desire to learn from them: The poet has a deep desire to learn from the animals, Since they show their deep concern with them. They give him respect in the shape of a token and show their plain feelings. They do not have any kind of falsehood. The poet is much surprised at their quality. He wants to earn them though he had dropped them carelessly.
short questions & answers
Q1-Why does Whitman admire animals?
Ans- Whitman finds that animals have many virtues which are lacking in men. Animals never grumble on their condition. They are not mad for material things .They always remain satisfied. They don’t have to kneel to any of their kind. That is why Whitman admires animals.
Q2-What vices in human beings does Whitman notice?
Ans- Human beings ever remain dissatisfied. They keep grumbling about their condition. They go mad for material things. They talk about their duty to God, but never think about their duty to God’s men.
Q3-Why does Whitman want to live with animals ?
Ans Whitman finds that animals have many virtues that men are lacking. They remain very calm, quiet and satisfied. They have no worries. That is why Whitman wants to live with them.
Q4-Why have animals not to lie awake in the dark ?
Ans-Animals don’t commit any sin. They have no worries. They are always happy. They have nothing to grumble about .So they don’t have to lie awake in the night. They have no sins to weep over.
Q5-What are the things that humans do but animals don’t ?
Ans-Man are always unhappy and discontented. They keep grumbling. They go mad for material possessions. Animals do none of these things. They are always happy and contended. They don’t have to weep over their sins.
text book questions & answers
Q1-Notice the use of the world turn in the first line,” I think I could turn and live with animals….” What is the poet turning from ?
Ans-The poet wants to turn from the company of men. He wants to go and live in the company of birds, animals and nature.
Q2-Mention three things that humans do and animals don’t.
Ans-Humans keep grumbling about their condition. They weep in the dark over their sins. They keep worrying about their duty to God. Animals don’t have to do any of these things.
Q3-Do humans kneel to other humans who lived thousands of years ago?
Ans- Yes, humans do kneel to other humans who lived thousands of years ago. We give them such names as god's goddesses, saints and prophets and keep bowing to them.
Q4-What are the ‘tokens’ that the poet says he may have dropped long ago, and which animals have kept for themselves?
Ans-They are the qualities of innocence, simplicity and contentment. Man has dropped these qualities through the ages and now animals have taken possession of them.
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