Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day | Questions And Answers

Question answers of the poem Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day.
DR Gurung
Questions and answers for "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" which was written by William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare was a famous playwright and a poet of Elizabethan period. He was an active member of Theatre Company for at least 20 years. He continued to write plays at the rate of approximately ( लगभग ) two per year. He had written tragedies, comedies and historical plays. He wrote total of 154 sonnets. He offered his poetry as a means of immortality ( अमरता ) for both the youth and himself. His poems greatly dealt with the Renaissance ( पुनर्जागरण ) themes of friendship, love, death, change and immortality. In "Shall I Compare thee to a Summer's Day", Shakespeare compares a lady with the beautiful summer day. He finds he beautiful and immortal like his own sonnet.

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Questions and answers of "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day".


Question No. 1: The poet asks a question in the first line. What is the suggestion implied in the question ? ( पहिलो हरफमा कविले प्रश्न गर्दछ। प्रश्नमा अन्तर्निहित सुझाव के हो ? )
Answer: The question asked by the poet in the first line is a rhetorical question asked merely for the effect. The suggestion embedded in the question is that the poet compares his beloved with the sweet and pleasant day of summer.
#rhetorical question meaning in nepali language is आलाङ्कारीक प्रश्न.
#merely meaning in nepali language is मात्र.
#embedded meaning in nepali language is सम्मिलित.
#beloved meaning in nepali language is प्रीय .
#pleasant meaning in nepali language is सुखद .

Question No. 2Line 7 states a general rule. What examples has the poet given to support this ? Will woman he talks about also succumb to this rule ? What does the poet say ? What do you say ? ( सातौ हरफमा सामान्य नियमहरु बताइएको छ। कविले वर्णन गरेकी आइमाई यो नियमको अधिनमा पर्छिन् ? कवि के भन्छन् ? तपाई के भन्नु हुन्छ ?)
Answers: Seventh line of the poem states a general rule about the transient nature of beautiful things or beauty itself. He says that the beauty of beautiful things declines ( घट्छ ). The poet gives the examples of sun itself and the rose bud in the month of May. The poet says that his beloved will not succumb to this rule. She will not die because he has immortalized her in the lines of verse. In my view the poet has become more sentimental here. The lady will die one day physically and her beauty will be finished but her beauty will still remain in the lines of his poem.

Question No. 3: Why do you think line 9 begins with "But" ? What are the two things being contrasted ? ( नवौं हरफ किन "तर" बाट सुरु भएको होला ? त्यसैले कुन कुन दुइ वटा कुराहरुलाई काटेको छ ? )
Answer: The ninth line begins with "but" because the poet shows the contrast between the "transient nature of beautiful things" and "external beauty of her beloved". Generally summer is supposed to be wholly desirable in England. It is lovely and temperate. But her beloved is more than that. The beautiful object fades out as a rule of nature and sometimes accidentally because their beauty is not captured in the lines of verses. But the summer of his beloved will never fade out because he has captured her beauty in the lines of poem.

Question No. 4: Do you think that Shakespeare's conclusion in the ending couplet holds true ? Give reasons. ( शेक्सपियरका निष्कर्षका अन्तिम श्लोकले सत्यता बहन गरेको जस्तो लाग्छ ? कारण दिनुहोस्। )
Answer: I think Shakespeare's conclusion in the couplet holds the truth because art can really immortalize people. As long as the art exists and people remain in the earth, they read it and remember her. The death may take her physically but she will be alive in the mind of readers who read the lines of verse.

Question No. 5What do you understand by immortality ? Can art really immortalize people like Shakespeare says it does ? ( अमरत्व भन्नाले के बुझ्नु हुन्छ ? के शेक्सपियरले भने जस्तै कलाले साँच्चिकै व्यक्तिलाई अमर बनाउन सक्छ ? )
Answer: Immortality is the eternal life that does not follow the standards of mortality. Art can not preserve the physical beauty of the beautiful things but it can preserve the essence of beauty. In this sense art can immortalize people as Shakespeare says.

Question No. 6: Do scientists think immortality is a possibility ? Do you know of anything that scientists have done to make man immortal ? Explain. ( के वैज्ञानिकहरुले अमरत्वलाई सम्भव ठान्दछन् ? वैज्ञानिकहरुले नै अमर बनाउन सकेको कुनै कुरा तपाईलाई थाहा छ ? वर्णन गर्नुहोस्। )
Answer: The scientists think that the immortality in physical sense is impossible. It is the law of nature that the change is an inherent ( अन्तर्निहित ) quality of physical object and everything has a fixed life period.

I think scientists have done nothing to immortalize people in its truest sense. No doubt they have discovered and invented many things to increase life span, to make us healthy and happy but actually they can't make us immortal. Health, happiness, wealth etc are the physical things and they will not last for ever. And the scientists here attempted just to preserve those transient things but all in vein ( तर व्यर्थमा ).

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