NIOS Class 12 English Chapter 6 My Grandmother’s House

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NIOS Class 12 English Chapter 6 My Grandmother’s House

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My Grandmother’s House

Chapter: 6



Intext Question 6.1

Answer the following:

1. What happened to the house after the grandmother died?

Ans: After the death of grandmother, the house withdrew into silence.

2. Why was the poetess not able to read the books?

Ans: The poetess too small to read the books i.e. she was very young.


Look at the expression “my blood turned cold like the moon”. The poet is comparing the coldness of blood with the moon.

She used the word like to make the comparison. A comparison of two things using like or as is called a ‘simile’. A simile is used to highlight a particular quality, characteristic or feature of something.

Example: He is as brave as a lion. 

The place was silent like a grave.

Now, let us go on to the next part of the poem. Read it once or twice and answer the questions that follow:

How often I think of going 

There, to peer through blind eyes of windows or

Just listen to the frozen air, 

Or in wild despair, pick an armful of

Darkness to bring it here to lie

Behind my bedroom door like a brooding Dog…

The poetess tries to recall the memories, whenever, she goes there, she looks very carefully through the windows, she tries to find her grandmother’s voice in the air, without having any hope, but only silence and darkness comes in her hand with some memories which she keeps on recalling.

Intext Question 6.2

1. Complete the following:

The poet wants to go back to the house 

(i) to peer ……………..

Ans: Through blind eyes of windows.

(ii) to listen …………….

Ans: To frozen air. 

(ii) to pick …………….

Ans: An armful of darkness.

2. Look at the phrase ‘blind eyes of windows’. Window is a non-living object. In the poem, the window has been given a human physical feature i.e. blind eye’. What do we call this poetic transformation? (You can go back to the poem ‘Leisure’ for a clue). Why are the eyes of windows described as blind?

Ans: This poetic transformation is called ‘personification’. 

The eyes of windows are described as blind because due to darkness nothing could be seen through them.

3. Why is the air in grandmother’s house described as frozen?

Ans: The air in grandmother’s house is described as frozen as it seems that as no one lives there, the air does not seem to be moving and silence is spread all over.

4. Pick out the correct alternatives in (a) and (b).

(a) ‘a armful of darkness’ means……

(i) old memories of the grandmother’s house. 

(ii) unhappy days.

(iii) some dark object from the house.

Ans: (i)-old memories of grandmother’s house.

(b) to lie behind my bedroom door like a brooding dog’ means that………..

(i) the memories will always remain with the poet.

(ii) the memories will lie uncared for in a corner.

(iii) the memories are as unimportant as a dog. 

Ans: (i) the memories will always remain with the poetess.


Now, we will read the third part of the poem and answer the questions that follow: 

You cannot believe, darling, 

Can you, that I lived in such a house and

Was proud, and loved…. I who have lost My way and beg now at strangers’ doors to Receive love, at least in small change? 

Here the poetess shares her feeling with her beloved and expression that she was proud of living in that house i.e. with grandmother and misses the grandmother’s love. She says that now the expect for even small drops of love from others ie she is not being loved now.

Intext Question 6.3

1. (a) Which words tell you that the talking to someone? 

Ans: The words ‘You cannot believe, Darling? tell that the poetess is talking to someone.

(b) What is the telling him/her?

Ans: She is telling him/her about grandmother’s love, her house. She is telling him  about her proudness of living in such a house.

2. In the last three lines of the poem,  the poet thinks of herself as a beggar.

(a) What is she begging for? 

Ans: She is begging for love.

(b) What does she mean by ‘small change’?

Ans: By small change’ she means love in a small quantity i.e. a little love.

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