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Poem 1- A Photograph Interview Questions Answers

Question 1 :
What does the word ‘cardboard’ denote in the poem ? Why has this word been used?

Answer 1 :

The word ‘cardboard’ denotes that it is an instant snapshot which has a cardboard base. This word has been used to refer to the times when photography was in its early stages.

Question 2 :
What has the camera captured ?

Answer 2 :

The camera has captured three persons-two girls and the poet’s mother. They here enjoying a holiday on sea side.

Question 3 :
What has not changed over the years ? Does this suggest something to you ?

Answer 3 :

The sea hasn’t changed over the years. The sea waves keep rolling to the coast and then back. This suggests by contrast that human beings change rapidly.

Question 4 :
The poet’s mother laughed at the snapshot. What did this laugh indicate?

Answer 4 :

The poet’s mother laughed to see her photograph. She was then young and charming. But she was wearing a funny mod dress, suitable for a sea holiday.

Question 5 :
What is the meaning of the line ‘Both why with the laboured ease of loss’ ?

Answer 5 :

Mother’s photograph belonged to twenty-thirty years past. She was then young and sweet. But now she bore the marks of advancing age. She was out of shape. Now the mother herself is dead and gone. Her laughter is a thing of past. It does not have a musical ring.

Question 6 :
What does ‘this circumstance’ refer to ?

Answer 6 :

‘This circumstance’ refers to the time since his mother expired. This has been a dull period with no memorable experiences. So the poet has nothing to say about it.

Question 7 :
The three stanzas depict three different phases. What are they?

Answer 7 :

The three stanzas of the poem depict three stages. In first stage mother was young and sweet. The second stanza refers to a period, twenty to thirty years later when she was middle aged. The third stanza refers to the long gap of time after the mother’s death. This has been adevoid of any exiciting event.



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