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Read the poem given below and answer the question that follows it:

Black lake, black boat, two black, cut-paper people.
Where do the black trees go that drink here?
Their shadows must cover Canada.

A little light is filtering from the water flowers
Their leaves do not wish us to hurry:
They are round and flat and full of dark advice.

Cold words shake from the oar.
The spirit of blackness is in us, it is in the fishes.
A snag is lifting a valedictory, pale hand;
Stars opening among the lilies.
Are you not blinded by such expressionless sirens?
This is the silence of abandoned souls.

Question 8 : Which of the following options presents a convincing evaluation of the line, ‘Stars opening among the lilies’?

  1. The stars are flowers in the sky and the flowers in the lake are stars in water.
  2. The ethereal light of the stars gets reflected among the lilies.
  3. The spirit of blackness does not hinder the appearance of beauty in nature which is symbolic of hope blossoming in the soul.
  4. The mirror images, the worlds above and overlap.
  5. Lilies purify the ‘dark’ into ‘light’ as symbolized in and by stars.

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Explanatory Answer

The poem does not talk about reflection on water. Hence the options B, D are not correct. Also the poem does not mention stars as the flowers in sky. So option A is also incorrect. The poem also does not talk about purification by lilies. So option E is incorrect. The poem talks about abandoned souls symbolically and so the correct answer is choice C.


The question is "Which of the following options presents a convincing evaluation of the line, ‘Stars opening among the lilies’?"

Hence, the answer is The spirit of blackness does not hinder the appearance of beauty in nature which is symbolic of hope blossoming in the soul.

Choice C is the correct answer.

 

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