Poetry - 3. Poems By Blake Class 12th Kaleidoscope CBSE Solution

Class 12th Kaleidoscope CBSE Solution

Understanding The Poem
Question 1.

How are these two matched poems related to each other in content? How is the human being depicted in the Song of Innocence and how is he/she depicted in the Song of Experience?

Do we find both aspects working in an average human being?


The two matched poems are related to each other because the two poems conveys the figure of four virtues that is mercy, pity, peace, and love. The speaker in both the poem depicts human being as a figure of moral value having moral commitment to society with a bunch of virtues. We can find both the aspect working in an average human being as human is depicted as master of virtues.

Question 2.

How would you explain the lines

For Mercy has a human heart,

Pity a human face,

And Love, the human form divine,

And Peace, the human dress.


The above line personifies virtues like mercy, pity, love and peace to human beings itself. Through the above lines, poet tries to convey the idea how important is the virtues in human life that will make human life meaningful in earth. A heart with mercy, a face with pity, divine love and if peace were human dress the world will be colorful and life on the earth will be more convenient to human.

Question 3.

How do Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love get distorted in the human brain?


The virtues such as Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love get distorted in human brain when there are divisions among human being based on caste, creed or color. Then there will be no value for virtues and all the evil powers come to act in human minds when there are divisions in society and all the virtues will be distorted in human brain.

Question 4.

Blake’s poetry expresses one aspect of his multi-dimensional view of human experience—of mankind once whole and happy, now fallen into discord and tyranny, from which it must be rescued. Explain with reference to these two poems.


The two poems explain the values which help living beings to lead a peaceful life. Compassion to others was the motto of mankind in early decades and mankind was whole and happy during those periods but today the situation changes completely selfishness has ruined love and compassion in the mankind and no values and virtues are present in human today. Selfish motive and personal gain is the slogan of new generation which must be rescued as mentioned in the poem by implanting virtues such as mercy, pity, peace, and love in the hearts of young generation.

Language Work
Question 1.

Certain words in the poem have been capitalized. Can you think of reasons for this?


In Blakes poem, some of the words are capitalized because of its importance in the context. In the poem, capitalization is given more to words that refers to virtues which one should have in their life because of its due importance and the effectiveness of capitalization of words to convey idea with great importance capitalization of words are used.

Question 2.

Count the syllables in the lines of ‘The Divine Image’. Do you see a pattern?

The first line has eight and the second line has six syllables.

Two syllables make a foot in poetry. Here the first syllable of each foot is unstressed and the second syllable is stressed.


Yes, a pattern can be seen in the lines of ‘The Divine Image’. The first syllable of each foot is unstressed and the second syllable is stressed because in each foot, one of the syllables is more prominent or stronger than the other syllable(s) and it is called the strong syllable. It is the head of the syllable. The other syllables in the foot are the weak syllables.