NCERT Solutions for class 9th English Poetry A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal


Que 1. “A slumber did my spirit seal”, says the poet. That is, a deep sleep ‘closed off’ his soul (or mind). How does the poet react to his loved one’s death? Does he feel bitter grief? Or does he feel a great peace?

Ans. The poet was shocked and surprised at the death of his loved one. He felt bitter grief. Death does not make anyone feel good. It is always associated with misery and pain.

Que2. The passing of time will no longer affect her, says the poet. Which lines of the poem say this?

Ans. She seemed a thing that could not feel “The touch of earthly years” says this.

Que3. How does the poet imagine her to be, after death? Does he think of her as a person living in a very happy state (a ‘heaven’)? Or does he see her now as a part of nature? In which lines of the poem do you find your answer?

Ans. The poet imagines her to be an inseparable part of nature. No, he does not think so because ‘heaven’ is not a dead thing. It is shown in the line ‘Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course/With rocks and stones and trees’.

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