Poem 04 Lucy Gray

LUCY GRAY (WILLIAM WORDSWORTH) 1770 - 1850

Q:1.Who was Lucy Gray?  or Where did she live?
Lucy was a little girl. She had no friend or companion and was always alone. She lived with her parents in a cottage on a wide moor. 

Q:2.Whom did she use to play with?
She had no human companion or friend and was always alone. The only companions she had were young deer and hares. She spent her time roaming about on the moors with these small creatures.

Q:3.Why did her father send her to the town?
He sent her to town to bring her mother back before the storm came. He advised her to take a lantern with her to show the way in the darkness of the stormy night. 

Q:4.What did Lucy say when her father told her to go to the town?
She gladly agreed to go there. She added that there was ample time to go there and bring back her mother as it was hardly two o’ clock in the afternoon and the night was still far away. 

Q:5.When was the storm expected?
The storm was expected to come at night; however, it came earlier than expected time. 

Q:6.What happened to her on her way to town?
On her way to the town, she got hit by the storm. The storm was expected at night; however, it came earlier. Darkness enveloped everything, and Lucy lost her way. She wandered here and there but could not find the way to the town or to her cottage. Her parents searched for her but were unable to find her. 

Q:7.What did her parents do when she did not return?
When Lucy did not return, her parents set out to looking for her. They searched for her all night long, but were unable to find her. They shouted her name but there was no response to their shouts. Then at daybreak, they spotted her footprints and followed them until they reached the river with a broken wooden bridge. 

Q:8.What did Lucy’s parents do at daybreak?
After a long search, at daybreak they stood on a small mound and looked around. Suddenly the mother spotted small footprints in the snow. The footprints were everywhere. They led them to the centre of the bridge and further there were none. 

Q:9.What is the legend about Lucy?
People of the village think that Lucy has not died. She becomes a part of the nature, which she loves so much. People maintain that they have seen her roaming about on the moors, though she does not look back; they have also heard her song that “whistles in the wind”. 

THEME
William Words Worth is considered to be one of the greatest and the most prominent figures in the realm of English literature. He was an ardent worshipper of the beauty of Nature. For him, In this narrative poem, which is one in the series of Lucy poems, Lucy, the innocent child becomes a symbol of charm and naiveté. She is full of playfulness and vivacity but she falls a prey to an unfortunate incident and the span of her life is cut short due to it. The poem relates the story of the tragic end and sudden death of the sweet child. Unfortunate death of the little girl in the end of the poem and then keeping her alive in the hearts with the help of supernatural elements is the very own style of Wordsworth. Obedience is also an important theme of the poem. All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity. (William Shakespeare)


LUCY GRAY 

Introduction of the Poet 

William Word Worth was born in 1770 at Cocker mouth in Lake District. He was  educated at Hawk shed Grammar School and then at St. John’s College, Cambridge. His  early poems reflect his love for natural beauty, which he expressed in a unique and  artificial style. Some of William’s poems are Lyrical Ballads, Poems in Two Volumes and  An Evening Walk. William Words Worth is also known for his achievements as a critic. 


Introduction of the Poem 

Poem entitled Lucy Gray was written in 1799 and published in the second edition of  “Lyrical Ballads.” It tells us the story of a simple tragedy in a cold bleak countryside. The  poem has a steady and regular rhythm as a longer lines rhyme together as well as the  shorter lines rhyme with each other. The language of the ballad is plain and simple. 


Summary 

Lucy Gray was a beautiful little girl who lived in a wild moor with her parents. Their  house was located in the countryside far away from the cities. Nobody neighbored their  house and Lucy lived without having any friends and playmates. 
In Western countryside, it is said that if the moon is clearly seen during daylight, a  storm appears in that area. One-day Lucy’s mother went town for shopping in the noon.  After a while, he father realized that the moon can be seen and predicted a storm in few  hours. He quickly told Lucy to take a lantern and go to the town to help her mother.  Lucy obeyed her father and was on her way to the city. 
Unfortunately, the storm appeared as soon as Lucy left for the town. It started to snow  thickly that made it difficult for Lucy to see through. As she was wandering in the snowy  atmosphere, she fell in a crevice and died. Her mother somehow returned home at night. When the little girl did not come back, her parents went out in the snowy mountains  shouting for their daughter, but they never found Lucy. On their way home, they found  footprints on a wooden bridge in the middle. They concluded that perhaps Lucy Gray fell  down and had died. 
When we go through the hills, a solitary song is heard in the wind, which echoes in the  mountains. Some people think that she died that day while some say she lives as a part  of nature. 


“Multiple Choice Questions” 



1. Lucy Gray was composed by ______________. 
William Shakespeare Shelly William words worth Spenser 


2. “Lucy Gray” was written in ______________. 
1799 1800 1770 1802


3. Lucy Gray was published in ______________. 
1799 1800 1770 1802


4. William words worth was born in ______________. 
1770 1850 1770 1746


5. William Wordsworth was born at ______________.  
Cocker mouth Dublin Sussex Kent 


6. Lucy Gray was appeared in the 2nd edition of ______________ ballads.  
Ironical Critical Lyrical Social 


7. “Lucy Gray was the model of ______________.
Obedience Faithfulness Sincerity Locality 


8. Lucy Gray lives in the wide______________. 
Village City Moor Hovel 


9. Lucy Gray became the victim of ______________. 
Earthquake Storm Flood None of them 


10. Lucy Gray took the ______________to guide her.  
Bulb Stick Lantern Father 


11. No mate, no ______________ Lucy knew. 
Friend Comrade Companion Cousin 


12. You yet may spy the ______________ at play. 
Have Deer Fawn Sparrow 


13. To-night will be a ______________night. 
Misty Stormy Dark Gloomy 


14. The minster-clock has just struck ___________-___. 
2 3 5 6


15. Not blither is the mountain ______________. 
Hare Antelope Roe Deer 


16. The______________ came on before it is time. 
Storm Flood Earthquake None of them 


17. The ______________ parents all that night. 
Fortunate Unfortunate Wretched Miserable 


18. Yet some ______________ that to this day. 
Observe Percept Maintain Keep 


19. And sings a ______________ song. 
Melancholy Melodious Classical Proc 


20. That ______________ in the wind. 
Whistle Flow Glideth Stop 


21. William Wordsworth was died in ______________. 
1872 1850 1851 1852


“QUESTIONS & ANSWERS” 



Q#1 Why did William Wordsworth say that Lucy Gray” a solitary child? 
Ans. William Wordsworth said “Lucy Gray” a solitary child because she lived on the  wild moor. She had no friends and companions to play with. She used to live  along with her parents in the unpopulated area. 


Q#2 At what time of the day did William Wordsworth see this view? 
Ans. William Wordsworth saw this view at the dawn. 
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Q#3 Why did William Wordsworth remain ignorant to see the sweet face of  “Lucy Gray”? 
Ans. William Wordsworth remained ignorant to see the sweet face of Lucy Gray  because she has become the victim of the storm by drowning into the ditch  from the vacant part of the Wooden Bridge. 


Q#5 What did Lucy’s parent do after they saw the foot mark of Lucy in the  snow? 
Ans. When the Lucy’s Parent found the foot mark of Lucy’s feet. They started following  them. They tracked the foot marks through the snow then hedge &by the long stone  wall and they crossed an open field and reached the middle of the plank of the bridge  but they lost her foot marks beyond the middle of bridge. 

Q#6 What do people think about Lucy Gray? (Important) 
Ans. People think about Lucy Gray that she is alive yet and you can see Wild moor.  She sings solitary songs which whistles in the wind but never looks back , this  song can be heard by the distance.

Q#7 Briefly narrate the tragic story of Lucy Gray. (Important) 
Ans: Lucy was a little girl. She lived alone with her parents, on wide moor. Once  when her mother had gone to the market her father saw a full moon in the  afternoon which is the prediction of a storm, according to the local belief. Her  father asked her to go, with a lantern, to take her mother back. She went on  hurriedly. When she was on the way storm came earlier than it was expected.  Lucy lost her way and never reached the town.Her parents searched her whole  night long, but they could never found her. Some people still believe that she is  alive and walks over the moor. 


Q#8 Briefly discuss in what ways Lucy Gray resemble the older traditional type of ballad? 
Ans: Lucy Gray is an excellent illustration of typical ballads of Northern England. It  has a heart-touching story. Its language and narration is simple. An emotional  wave continuously flows within the verses. In the last it has a tragic end which is an essential element of northern ballads. So it is a classical typical northern ballad  telling a tragic story. 


Q#9 On what observations did the father predict the storm? 
Ans: The father, when he was working in his field, saw a full moon in the sky, & it  was 2 o’clock in the afternoon so he, according to the local belief, predicted the  storm. 


Q#10 Where and with whom did Lucy live? 
Ans: Lucy lived with her parents in wide green mountainous valley. She was the only  child of her parents, she had no neighborhood. Even though, she has no friend  and no companion to play with. 


Q#11 Why and where had she been going when the storm came? 
Ans: Her father asked her to go to take her mother back home from the nearby town.  So she had been going there when the storm came. 


Q#12 What do the people say about her, even today? 
Ans: People of that area still believe that she has not died. But she is a living child,  even today. 


Q#13 Who was Lucy Gray and how did she look like? 
Ans: Lucy Gray was mere child of her child, a model of obedience, loyalty and  faithfulness she was caught in the storm and died. Lucy Gray looked like a  fawn at play and hare spying in the green field with joy. 


Q#14 Did Lucy Gray prove her an obedient child? 
Ans: Once upon a time, Lucy mother went to the town as it was the stormy night  that’s why her father commanded her to take a lantern and brought your  mother back to the cottage. He accepted the ordered but unfortunately the  storm came before the expected time and gulped her. By showing this conduct,  she proved her an obedient child. 


Q#15 Why could Lucy gray not reach the town? 
Ans: Lucy Gray, the model of obedience, could not reach the town because the storm  came before its expected time. She wandered up and down on the hills and at  last she lost her way and drowned into the ditch that’s why she could not reach  the town. 


Q#16 How did the parents come to know about the death of Lucy gray? (2011) 
Ans: In the beginning, they thought that they lost Lucy Gray. Suddenly, her mother  found the food marks of Lucy in the snow; they followed them through the  broken hawthorn edge and by the long stone wall, and crossed an open field and  saw the same foot marks. In the last, they reached the Wooden bridge which was  broken in the middle. They made up their mind, that she was drowned by this  space. By this way, she came to know about Lucy death.

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