Piano | Question And Answers

Question and answers for "PIANO", (PIANO) written by David Herbert Lawrence, who was born on 11 September 1885AD. He died on 2 March 1930AD. He was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. In them, he confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, and instinct. Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life.
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Questions-Answers Of 'PIANO':

Question No. 1: Do you agree that the poem "Piano" is about the pain of remembrance ? Is it also about the pain of growing up ? ( "पियानो" कविता विगतको सम्झनाको पीडा र हुर्कनुको पीडा हो भन्ने कुरामा तपाई सहमत हुनुहुन्छ ? )
Answer: This poem is about memory of past and resemblance (similarity) of present. Here the poet remembers his past it is because it is similar to his past situation. Every person can not remember his past, while listening to a piano. No one can weep for his past while listening to a piano. This is because of co-incident that resembled the past. Yes, I agree the poem "Piano" is about the pain of remembrance for the poet. It is the poem about the power of memory. The poem is also about the pain of growing up. It is nostalgic without being sentimental; that is it captures the power of one's adult memories are selective and one's perceptions and perspective as a child are severely limited by lack of experience, ignorance, and innocence. Yes, I think that it is pain or regret of being old. Generally, humans like to live long, no person likes death. When we grow old, we wish to be young but it is not possible. That is the case of the poet also in this poem. He has fear of old age and likes to be always a child and play on his mother's lap. It is opposite to natural law.

Question No. 2: The poem conveys a tension between the speaker's desire to be a man and his desire to return to his childhood. Which desire is stronger in the poem ? ( कविताले प्रौढ मानिस हुन चाहने इच्छा र बाल्यावस्थामा फर्कन चाहने इच्छा बीचको तनाव प्रस्तुत गर्दछ। कुन चाहिँ इच्छा बलियो रुपमा प्रस्तुत भएको छ ? )
Answer: We like to memorize only happy and pleasurable moments of the past but not sad and hardship ( दु:खहरु ). Sometimes it happens so that we memorize sad moments. If we go back to our past, we feel regret because in past our life was very easy and simple without tension and responsibility. It is important in the poem that the speaker believes that the singer is singing to him, for his reflects the egocentric world that is captured in his childhood memory. This is an experience with which most readers will identify; one can remember times when one believed that some piece of art, music, or literature was created or delivered especially for oneself, and perhaps times when a parent seemed to belong to oneself alone. It is even more important that the speaker (and his audience) recognizes the ironic gap between what he wished (and perhaps believed) were the case, and what the case was in fact. This tension between the heart's desires and the mind's qualifications, between hope and experience, create a necessary if paradoxical balance in the poem. It seems as if D.H. Lawrence is suggesting finally that one should listen more to one's deep feeling aroused heart than to the one's perhaps overly analytical mind; yet the tension between the two is for him an essential part of being human.

It is human nature to be happy in life. The speaker in this poem knows that his memory casts a romanticized and sentimentalized glow over the actual events that occurred, yet the power of the past, and his deep nee to recapture a similar sense of the peace and protection he felt as a child, overwhelm his rational mind. Some people like to enjoy past memory but some like to forget that. Like the poet I also like to remember my past days that were very much happy than today.

Question No. 3: Explain the implications of the phrases "In spite of myself", "insidious mastery", "betrays", "it is vain", "the glamour of childish days", and "my manhood is cast" in the world of the poem. ( दिइएको शब्दावलीको अर्थको व्याख्या गर्नुहोस्: म आफैँ त्यहाँ भए पनि, धोकापूर्ण निपुणता, धोका दिन्छ, सबै व्यर्थ छ, बाल्यकालको आकर्षण, र मेरो प्रौढावास्था हुत्याइन्छ। )
Answer: We know well that this poem is an expression of poet's emotional feelings. In the second stanza, the speaker realizes that he is being sentimentally nostalgic. Yet in spite of himself, the power of memory sweeps him back into the familiar scene of a Sunday evening at home, with the cold and storms of winter kept outside. Inside, his mother is singing and playing the piano in the cozy parlor, leading the family in the singing of hymns. It is crucial that the speaker does not give in easily to his emotion; It is "In spite of myself" he says, the insidious mastery of song/ Betrays me back". The diction (word use) clearly shows that the speaker, now an adult, realizes the gap between his childhood perceptions, which are idealized and romanticized, and those that he has a mature adult.

Later in the stanza 3, the reader discovers that he is no longer listening it the current singer and the current piano; he is so overcome by his memories that he weeps like a child for the past. Again, he struggles against this retreat into the past before he finally succumbs. He recognizes that what he sees is nostalgic and sentimental, the "glamorous of childish days" deliberately not "childlike" days that reduces him from beginning a man to being a child once again, he weeps like a child for the past.

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