Class 9, English, 4.1, Please listen by annonymous.
Q1) What is the difference between ‘hear’ and ‘listen’? Ans) Hearing is perceiving sound. On the other hand listening is paying careful attention to what we hear.
Q2) How old is the speaker in the poem? Ans) According to me, the speaker in this poem would be a young teenager and an adolscent person trying hard to prove that he is capable of solving his problems.
Q3) Who is he/she talking to? A3) He/She is talking to those people who are constantly advising him/her and trying to solve his/her problem.
Q4) What must have happened before the speaker says all this? A4) The speaker surely has had bad experiences when he must have gone to speak of his problems to others. Those listeners must have tried to advise him and solve his problems.
Pg 82 – think , discuss and answer.
A1) Yes, the speaker is very well aware of his shortcomings and he wants to be capable enough of solving his own problems.
A2) The Speaker definitely wants to improve and be in a position where he/she can solve his/her own problems.
A3) Of course he/she is confident enough to improve. God has made man emotionaly strong to figure out his own way and come out of difficulties in life.
A4) He/She will continue to pray to God but want to work out the solutions on his/her own.
A5) Yes, the poet is willing to listen to others. You can be a good listener if even what you are listening to is irrational or illogical. Effective listening requires you to be attentive. You should make good eye contact, not interrupt what the other person is saying and show an interest in what is being communicated. To be a good listener, you also need to practice silence and remove or avoid distractions.
A1. a) When i ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice, you have not done what I asked.
b) Listen! All I ask is that you listen.
c) Don’t talk or do – just hear me.
d) When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself, you contribute to my fear and inadequacy.
e) So please listen, and just hear me.
f) And if you want to talk, wait a minute for your turn – and I will listen to you.
A2) Do’s – a,e,f,h Dont’s – b,c,g,d
A3) a) When the poet asks the listener to just listen to him, the listenergives him advice, tells him the reason to why he shouldn’t feel depressed and tries to solve his problems.
b) The poet remarks that advice is really cheap in the world because no one is willing to give away anything so happily the way people want to give advice. Just an amount as small as 20 cents can get you advice from two of the greatest advisors Dear Abby and Billy Graham in the same newspaper in their advice column.
c) The poet mentions that when he understandsa what’s actually behind this irrational feeling then he doesn’t need advice anymore, the situation is clear and the answers are pretty obvious and he can do away with his problems on his own. This shows that he is confident of overcoming his irrational feeling.
A4) When people pray to god for help, God just listens and lets you work it out for yourself. God is mute. He doesn’t give advice or try to fix things.
Appreciation of the poem:
The title of the poem catches the attention of the reader that the poet has something to say. The poem has been written by an anonymous poet. The poem highlights the art of listening. It states that listening should involve understanmding and patience, and should not be followed by advices. The narrator mentions that sometimes a person just wants to share things and may not need advice or solutions. He further says that God is the ideal listener.
The poem does not have a rhyme scheme and has been written in free verse. It has a colloquial, conversational language. My favourite lines from the poem are, “Listen! All I ask is that you listen. Don’t ta;lk or do – just listen.” The tone of the poem is pleading and complaining. It is written in first person narrative. The first three stanzas start with the same refrain (line), ‘When I ask you to listen to me’.
Repetition is a figure of speech used in the poem. The word ‘listen’ has been repeated several times. I like the poem as each one has gone through the feel8ing that the narrator is going through. We all need to be more sympathetic and learn the art of listening.
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