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【#】Unit 4 The Awakening Age Exercise Questions and Answers

The Awakening Age poem of class 12 written by Ben Okri. Check out answer to the question of the exercise including summary.

The Awakening Age Poem Exercise Questions and Answers

Understanding the text

Answer the following questions.

a. Who are the people ‘who travel the meridian line’?

Nigerians and the travellers are the people who travel the meridian line.


b. What does the poet mean by ‘a new world’?

➽ About “A New World” the poet means about the world which is awakened and got the feelings of unity, peace, prosperity, and solidarity among human being from different world.


c. How are people connected to each other?

People are connected to each other with the same hope.


d. What can we gain after our perceptions are changed?

We can gain the truth after our perceptions are changed.


e. How are we benefited by new people?

We can be benefited by new people as we can learn their work, wisdom, and also we can be supported by their creativity.


f. Describe the rhyme scheme of this sonnet.

The rhyme scheme of this sonnet is AA, BB, CC, DD, EE, FF, GG, which describes that the rhyming in the poem goes continuously with the same flow.


Reference to the context

a. What does the poet mean by ‘the awakening age’?

The poet means the enlightened age after the war where people have changed their personality of unity, peace, prosperity, liberation, harmony, and joy. He also means a world free of darkness and poverty.


b. Why, in your view, have these people ‘lived with poverty’s rage’?

➽ In my view, these people 'lived with poverty's rage' because of the civil war which lead them towards torture, suppression, and pain. Also, this developed the feeling of enmity and greed within their own people.


c. Why does the poet appeal for solidarity among the people?

➽ The poet appeals for solidarity among the people in order to raise the feelings of peace, prosperity, and development of the country. He also believes that the feeling of solidarity can result to the end of the hardships and feeling of enmity.


d. Does the poet present migration in a positive light? Why? Why not?

➽ Yes, I think the poet presents the migration in a positive light. Though, the people are migrated to other place they are connected mentally and emotionally with the same hope and felling of brotherhood.


e. Nepal is also known for its economic as well as educational migrants. Have you noticed any change in the perceptions and behaviours of these migrants when they return home from abroad?

➽ Yes, I have noticed some change in the perceptions and behaviours of these migrants when they return home from abroad. I see two kinds of people when they return home from abroad.

One type is those people who develop more feelings of love and patriotism for their country. They come up with the perception to start their own business in their motherland and live with their own family and relatives rest of their life. They have a bad experience in living, food, love, care, and heath in abroad. Hence, they wish to stay in their nation and work for the development of it.


f. Relate the rhyme scheme of this sonnet to the kind of life idealized by the poet.

➽ The rhyme scheme of this sonnet is followed by the pattern of AA, BB. CC, DD, EE, FF, and GG which describes that the rhyming in the poem goes continuously with the same flow. The rhyming deals with the melody connecting the people with an appeal for solidarity. It portrays the hardships of the African people and the loss of opportunity, joy, and an ideal life in their own nation.

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