This article has all the exercises of the poem lesson 1 of literature (Poems) of Class 11’s English, Corona Says by Vishnu S. Rai.
Understanding the text
Answer the following questions.
a. Who is the speaker in the poem?
→ The speaker in the poem is Corona.
b. Who claims that they are superior to all?
→ The humans of this modern world claim that they are superior to all.
c. Why has the speaker come to the Earth?
→ The speaker has come to Earth as a result of the abuse of nature by people.
d. What positive changes have occurred on Earth after the speaker’s visit?
→ After the speaker’s visit, the sky has been clean without dust and smoke. People have felt like caged animals do in a zoo. The disease has allowed the earth to have a little rest.
Reference to the context
a. What does the speaker mean when he says:
But have you ever counted
How many have died so far
Because of you and your wars?
→ In the given lines, the speaker blames the human beings themselves are responsible for wars and the loss of their lives. The consequences and effects caused by wars are more terrible than the pandemic has done. Wars are the result of disputes over resources and land, or of a government’s will to increase its influence, power, and authority. The parties or governments involved in wars never think of the consequences people have to face. Millions of people have lost their lives and properties because of wars. Aftereffects of wars are also causing them to suffer physically and psychologically.
b. Explain the following:
I will depart one day.
There’re many others like me.
They’ll come too.
If you don’t get rid of your inflated ego,
You’ll be back to your cave time
That you endured
Long, long, long ago …
→ In the given extract, the speaker warns us to terminate our egoistic behavior. No matter who we are, we must preserve nature and shouldn’t go against the law of nature. By saying the above line the poet aware us that the pandemic can be controlled but they may suffer from other fatal diseases due to their own behaviors, and finally they can be the cause of the extinction of human civilization.
c. What does the speaker mean in the following lines? Explain.
The earth is not your property alone –
It’s as much ours as yours.
→ In the given lines, the speaker denotes that the earth is the common habitat of all the living creatures. All of them have an equal right to use the resources available on earth, to sustain their lives. But we human beings are ruling over others thinking of ourselves as superior and depriving them of using resources. The speaker is worried about growing human pressure on the natural world. They have controlled all the natural resources for their own benefit though the earth is the common home for all living organisms. In the name of development and progress, humans are destroying the sources of food and habitats of other creatures. In this way, slowly and slowly entire ecosystem is being destroyed.
Reference beyond the text
a. What human behaviors are responsible for suffering in people’s lives?
→ Human behaviors are the main cause behind all these sufferings of the people. Due to human egos, greediness, and bad deeds, the present world is facing a lot of crises. Many people have lost their lives during this critical period. Due to human’s selfish nature, the earth has faced numerous problems with diseases. Their so-called egos and wars have snatched the lives of many people. Hence, human beings themselves are responsible for suffering in people’s lives.
b. How does an epidemic differ from a pandemic? Briefly explain the impact of Corona Virus on human life and environment.
→ An epidemic is a widespread disease that affects many people in a population whereas a pandemic is a disease that affects a wide geographical area and a large proportion of the population. Epidemics occur when an agent and susceptible hosts are present in adequate numbers and the agent can be effectively conveyed from a source to the susceptible hosts.
Coronavirus is one of the greatest threats of the twenty-first century. This disease has taken away the lives of numerous people. People in the world are panic-stricken and living their life in mental fear. Businesses are down and economic crisis is seen all over the world. Many peoples are jobless and homeless and due to the scarcity of food also many peoples are dying. But due to the impact of Corona Virus, the environment is clean and more pollution-free than before. As people are caged inside their houses, many industries are closed and the number of vehicles on the road is also decreased. Due to this, the environment is cleaner and fresher than before.
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