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Dust of Snow;NCERT Solutions and Summary for Class 10

                              Dust of Snow 
                                             -Robert Frost
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The poem 'Dust of Snow' by Robert Frost illustrates how not a single element of nature can bring bad luck to anyone.

One day when he was sad and gloomy sitting beneath a hemlock tree,a crow moved a little and flew away making some snow fall on the poet.

This act gave his mood a change and he lightens up.All his gloominess suddenly disappeared and faded away.He tried to prove that how nature or any element of nature can never be a bad omen for anyone.Nature can provide one the much needed solace and brighten up during the despairing times in one's life.

The poem also gives us the message that insignificant and unimportant things also matter in our life.For instance,an insignificant thing like the snow has given the poet a change so significant.The 'dust of snow' was adequate to lift his mood and he was delightful again.

Difficult Words:
1)Rued:Held in regret
2)Hemlock:A poisonous plant with sma white flowers.
3)Dust of Snow:The fine particles or flakes of snow.

Rhyme Scheme:
abab cdcd

Poetic Devices:
1)Alliteration:"Has given my heart"
                       "And saved some part"
2)Inversion:Stanza 1 where the poet changes                           structure of the sentences.
3)Assonance:"Shook down on me" Here,"O"                                   sound has prominent.
4)Enjambment:Used throughout the poem.

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About Author:
Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet.Known for his realistic depictions of rural life,he was honored frequently during his lifetime and is the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

NCERT Questions:
A)Thinking about the poem.   

1)"Dust of Snow" on the surface means powdery kind of snow but metaphorically means the insignificant things in life.However,the falling of the small dusts of snow on the poet by the movement of the crow changed his mood.He was gloomy and sad but after this,he was cheered up and his sadness was faded.

2)a)Birds like Cuckoo,Nightingle et cetera are usually found to be mentioned in poems due to the virtue of their singing.No,crows are not generally mentioned in poems or any other form of writing.
Crows are ugly and we in our minds have associated crows with bad omen.

2)b)"a hemlock tree" means a poisonous tree associated with toxicity but metaphorically means a bad symbol.The poet could have mentioned of a more 'beautiful' tree but he intently doesn't do so.He did as to prove his statement that no element of  nature is harmful or unfortunate.

2)c)The "crow" and "hemlock" represent sorrow and ill-fatedness.The "dust of snow" stands for the insignificant things in life.The poet by the means of this poem tries to convince his readers that how even the most insignificant and things associated with negativity and bad luck can conjure up to be something so cheerful and joyous.

3)There has been many phases in my life when I have felt depressed. One instance  was when I was in high school.That day my NTSE result had come out and I had not been able to make it to the provisional list of candidates selected for Level-2.
I was very upset that despite putting some much time for the exam,I was not able to qualify the exam.But then suddenly, my teacher whom I had cursed in my head,came to me and reassured me.The moment was very soothing for me.The same person whom I had thought to be a bad omen for me was there at my crisis providing me the much needed solace.

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