NCERT Solutions for Poem A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal Class 9 English Beehive

This poem was written by William Wordsworth. His 'Lucy poem' includes this poem. This poem is dedicated to the author's lover. The poem is about the death of the author's beloved. This poem expresses the author's thoughts and feelings regarding the death of his beloved. Her death has sealed the author's soul. The author was also in a deep sleep at the time because the author didn't consider the harsh realities of life. This harsh truth of life was only realized by the author after she had passed away. But it was too late. She is now buried beneath the earth and she has now rotated with the Earth. She will become part of the Earth one day. After her death the poet conveys message that death is inevitable. Death is a reality for everyone. But after death the dead person integrates with nature and lives on through it.
NCERT Solutions for Class 9th English Poem A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

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Question 1: "A slumber did my spirit seal," says the poet. That is, a deep sleep 'closed off' his soul (or Mind). How does the poet react to his loved one's death? Does he feel bitter grief? Or does he feel a great peace?


The poet has been paralyzed and has lost his human fear, but his reaction cannot be described as bitter grief because the poet feels his presence in the natural world, i.e. she rolled round in the earth's diurnal course with rocks, stones and trees. On the other hand, it can also be said that the poet is not at peace. Therefore, it can be said that the poet's feelings in this situation are uncertain.

Question 2: The passing of time will no longer affect her, says the poet. Which lines of the poem say this?


The poet's beloved has died, but the passing of time will have no effect on her. The following lines represent this perspective of the poet:

"She seemed a thing that could not feel

The touch of earthly years."

Question 3: How does the poet imagine her to be, after death? Does he think of her as a person living in a very happy state (a 'heaven')? Or does he see her now as a part of nature? In which lines of the poem do you find your answer?


The poet imagines that his beloved will be immortal after death because he can sense her presence in the nature of the earth. He imagines that she travels round in the earth's diurnal cycle, revolving with the rocks, stones, and trees.

The following lines express this view of the poet:

“Rolled round in earth's diurnal course

With rocks and stones and trees."

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