Chapter 3

NCERT
Class 10
English
Solutions
2. Notice the use of a word repeated in lines such as these : (i) On pads of velvet quiet, In his quiet rage. (ii)And stares with his brilliant eyes At the brilliant stars. What do you think is the effect of this repetition?

Question:

Notice the use of a word repeated in lines such as these :

(i) On pads of velvet quiet, In his quiet rage.

(ii)And stares with his brilliant eyes; At the brilliant stars.

What do you think is the effect of this repetition?

Answer:

This repetition is a poetic device used by the poet in order to increase the intensity of the tiger’s rage and his helpless silence. ‘Velvet quiet’ refers to the quiet velvet pads of the tiger, which cannot run or leap. They can only walk around the limited space in the cage. The use of ‘quiet rage’ symbolizes the anger and ferocity that is building up inside the tiger as he wants to run out into the forest and attack a deer, but the rage is quiet because he is locked in the cage and is helpless. The repetition of ‘quiet’ has, thus, brought immense beauty to the poem. Similarly, the use of ‘brilliant’ for the tiger’s eyes as well as the stars also brings out the magnificence of these lines. The tiger stares at the brilliant stars with his brilliant eyes dreaming about how beautiful his life could be in the forest. The repetition thus, gives a wonderful effect to the poem.

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