CLASS: 11th CLASS (1ST YEAR, FSC PART 1, HSSC-1, ICS)
SUBJECT: ENGLISH BOOK Iii (PTBB)
POEM NAME: “A SINDHI WOMAN”
POET NAME: “JAN STALLWORTHY”
STANZA NO. 2
Watching her cross erect Stones, garbage, excrement and crumbs Of glass in the Karachi slums, I, with my stoop, reflect: They stand most straight Who learn to walk beneath a weight
These lines have been taken from the poem “A Sindhi Woman” written by Jan Stallworthy.
A Sindhi woman, with a jar of water on her head, is passing through the bazaar in slums. Her gait is smooth and body strong.
The poet watches the woman crossing the bazaar. There is no bend in her back. It is straight like a stem. Whereas the poet, despite being man, has a bent back. There is litter all over. Stones, household rubbish, human wastes, and the pieces of glass are all lying about. It is the slum, the poor area of Karachi. The poet has a bent back. He envives her and believes that only those people learn to walk with a straight back who carry a weight. Hard work and responsibilities makes man strong and smart.
"Despair often breeds disease."
"Frailty thy, name is woman"___Shakespeare.
"Adversity reveals the best in man."___Shakespeare.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: What is meant by slum?
Ans: The area of the city which is full of filth and where life is hard is called a slum. It is a area where people do not have many facilities of life. Slums are unhealthy uncomfortable and hard to live in.
Q: Why does the poet envy the woman?
Ans: The poet sees that the woman is very hard working. She carries a jar on her head even then her back is not bent. On the other hand, the poet’s back has bent. So he envives her health and physical strength.
Erect: sect, dissect,act.
Crumb: numb, thumb, bomb.
Straight: gate, great, grate.
- Erect: Stand, stiff, straight.
- Excrement: waste.
- Straight: not crook.
Reflect: ponder, think.
Stoop: Bend, Droop.
Slum: Undeveloped area.
Crumb: particles, pieces.
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