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Poem 06 Lines From The Lay The Last Minstrel


Q:1.What is the chief sentiment in the lines from ‘the lay of the last minstrel’?
The chief sentiment in the lines from “the lay of the minstrel” is patriotism or love of one’s country. The poem is the most spirited and vigorous piece of verse, breathing patriotism and denouncing any man who does not love his native land. 

Q:2.“If such there breathe, go, mark him well;” what person is implied by the word ‘such’ in the given line?
The word ‘such’ in the given line is a pronoun, and it stands for “an unpatriotic person”. Here he says that if there exists such a person who does not love his country, then observe him closely because he will face a miserable end. 

Q:3.What other characteristic of this person is revealed in the poem?
Another characteristic of this person is revealed in the line “the wretched, concentrated all in self”. According to Sir Walter Scott, an unpatriotic person thinks only of himself. He may have everything a person can desire of. Despite having everything, he does not serve his country or his compatriots, but uses his resources to serve his own ends. 

Q:4.How long is an unpatriotic person respected in a society?
An unpatriotic person is not respected at all by his compatriots. If he has wealth, titles or fame some opportunist might respect him and that too only as long as he has them. 

Q:5.What penalties do the poet for-see for the man who was no love for his native land?
The poet foresees a miserable end for an unpatriotic person. He will have to pay for being devoid of love for his native land. He may be breathing but he is as good as dead. He will fall in to anonymity; no one will remember him, no one will write in his honor, or even say a word of praise.


Introduction of the poet 

Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburg. He was a great novelist too. As a young man, he  was keenly interested in Scottish traditions and history and paid particular attention to  the tradition and folk literature of the border country. He had deep / profound love for  Scottish people and composed many poems in their admiration. 

Introduction of the poem 

The lines from the lay of last minstrel tell stirringly a romantic story of a border country.  This poem shows the great anger of the poet on those who spend their live in foreign  country. According to him, a person who spends his life in the foreign country has lost a  great penalty and he will doubly die before people. For him, no one will cry, no one will  admire and no one will sing him. 

This patriotic poem is written by Sir Walter Scott. In this poem poet shows his precocity  to his motherland. The poet says there can not be a single man in this world who does not love his  motherland, its impossible to imagine about such a man on the earth. The poet says that  its impossible that one goes abroad wonder over there and when comes back to his  mother land and does not feel any pleasure. a person who does not love his country is  complete traitor and does not deserve any sympathy, he may have fame or countless  wealth but he will not be respected by people and will become all alone. All his name and fame will be ruined before him .he will die tow times once when he will have no one near  to him and second is physical death and will have no one to morn in his death and pray  for his soul he will be buried without tears and respect . This poem emphasize that  patriotism is virtue of man.

“Multiple Choice Questions” 

1. ____________ composed the poem “Lines from the lay of the last Minstrel”. 
Sir Henry Wotton Sir Walter Scott Shelly Keats 

2. The poem “lines from the lay of the last Minstrel” preaches ____________ .  
Patriotism Socialism Communism Capitalism 

3. Sir Walter Scott was born in ____________ .  
1778 1777 1771 1770

4. Shore means ____________. 
Shore Airport Centre None of them 

5. Sir Walter Scott was born at ____________.  
Eden Burg Kent Sussex Essex 

6. From wandering to the foreign ____________. 
Shore Lost Border Strand 

7. For him no ____________ rapture swells.  
One Minstrel Singer None of them 

8. The ____________ consented all in self. 
Fortunate Unfortunate Wretch Fool 

9. Living shall ____________ fair renown. 
Forfeit Deceit Deceive Deceive 

10. And ____________ dying, shall go down. 
Fortunate Doubly Unfortunate 

11. Unwept, unhonored and ____________. 
Unsung Unknown Undo 

12. Pelf means ____________. 
Money Furniture Title Pride 

13. Sir Walter Scott was died in ____________.  
1771 1773 1832 1833


Q#1 What is a Minstrel and what is he preaching in the poem? 
Ans. The poet singer who sings to entertain the people on various places is called  “Minstrel” and he is preaching the strong emotions of patriotism. 

Q#2 What sort of spirit does Sir Walter want to infuse and why? 
Ans. Sir Walter wants to infuse the spirit of patriotism because love for the country  has supreme value. So, it is our duty to love his country and lift the nation to  the sky through hard work. 
“Not gold but a man can make a nation strong” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) 

Q#3 Who goes to the dust unwept, unhonored and unsung? 
Ans. The man who has little love for nation goes to the dust unwept, unhonored  and unsung in-spite of his tittle, power and fame because all these pumps  concentered his own wills. That’s why he will lose the penalty and no one pay  tribute, no one will remind and no one will mourn over his death. 

Q#4 What is meant by “doubly dying”? 
Ans. “Doubly dying” is a word uses for the person who leads his life only to satisfy  his wills. He will get death twice. First he will die in a casual way and secondly  his fame will bury along with his funeral. 

Q#5 What is the chief sentiment behind the poem?
Ans: The poem has a noble and sublime thought of patriotism in between its verses,  that is the nobility and worth of a person lies in his love and respect for his  homeland. 

Q#6 What penalties does the minstrel foresee for the man who has no love for  his native land? (2012/2013/2014/2016/2017/2018) 
Ans: According to the poet a person who never loves his native place is actually a  selfish and self-interested person. So for this reason he will face the music. He  will never be accepted and respected by any of his compatriots. 

Q#7 What is the moral of the story? (2011) 
Ans: A person who has no love and his country, his mother land, may have a high  office in the society, but is not loved or respected after his death. 

Q#8 Who was Minstrel and what means by the minstrel rapture swell? 
Ans: A minstrel was a travelling singer or poet cum singer who sang or rioted either as  a wandering entertainer or a regular member of a nobleman is house hold and the  “Minstrel rapture swell” refers to the rapturous composition which makes a noble  sound for the people who does something special for the country or for the great  patriot. 

Q#9 What is meant by doubly dying & why a person faces these consequents? 
Ans: Doubly dying means two deaths. Firstly, he will receive his natural death.  Secondly, he will die in the heart of the people. It means that his fame will  destroy forever in the heart of the people. The person faces this consequence  because he remained self centered character and did all the things to satisfy  his own stator. 

Q#10 Who goes to the dust unwept, unhounound and unsung?  
Ans: A person who has no love to his country goes to the dust unwept, unhonored  and unsung. He faces this consequences because in the course of getting social  status tittles, wealth and name, he’s they its centre entirely on his own selfish  interest. He totally enjoy his country and no praise/ admiration to them. 


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