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  • Figures of Speech
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    A Considerable Speck ICSE Class 10 English 

    By Robert Frost


    A Considerable Speck Introduction


    The poem ‘A Considerable Speck’ highlights the poet’s ability to give importance to minute details / things. Here, he notices a tiny speck of dust which turns out to be an insect trying to save its life, on sensing danger from the narrator’s pen. Finally the mite surrenders to the will of the narrator to kill it or allow it to live. The poet finds it harmless and leaves the mite to use its intelligence. He is surprised to see that the tiny creature is blessed with the ability to think and so, he allows the mite to rest on that sheet of paper till it so desires.


    Theme of the Poem


    The poet wants to highlight the importance of having one’s own mind. During his times, human beings merely accepted things irrespective of their mental calibre and he satirizes such attitude. Even a tiny mite displays his mind when he runs around, pauses and flies, trying to save himself. The narrator appreciates the tiny creature for displaying its mind.

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    A Considerable Speck Summary


    Once the narrator was writing on a white sheet of paper when a tiny dust particle flew over the sheet. Initially, he considered that it had blown off due to his breath but on closer look, he realized that the particle was running here and there and that it was a tiny insect. The insect could think and was trying to save itself. It ran and at times stopped due to the fear of the narrator’s pen. The it reached the area where the narrator had written and the ink was still wet. The insect smelt or drank the ink. It disliked it because it turned and tried to fly away. 

    The tiny being tried various ways to save itself, its confidence reduced when it realized that it could not save itself. The creature was too small to have feet but it did have a pair with which it ran wildly to save itself. Finally, it bowed to the narrator’s will and surrendered itself in the middle of the sheet.

    The narrator was not an animal lover, the type of people who fought for animal rights and showed that they had a lot of love for these beings. He simply felt that the tiny insect was harmless. So, he did not fiddle with it. He let it be there and waited for the insect to go to sleep.

    The narrator has the ability to think and he recognizes when he sees the display of intelligence by anyone. This insect’s display of intelligence to save itself is appreciated by the poet.


    A Considerable Speck Summary in Hindi


    एक बार कथावाचक कागज की एक सफेद शीट पर लिख रहा था, तभी धूल का एक छोटा कण शीट पर उड़ गया। पहले तो उन्होंने सोचा कि यह उनकी सांस के कारण उड़ गया है लेकिन करीब से देखने पर उन्हें एहसास हुआ कि कण इधर-उधर भाग रहा था और यह कोई छोटा कीड़ा था। कीट सोच सकता था और खुद को बचाने की कोशिश कर रहा था। यह कथावाचक की कलम के डर से कभी-कभी चलती और रुकती भी थी। यह उस क्षेत्र तक पहुंच गया जहां वर्णनकर्ता ने लिखा था और स्याही अभी भी गीली थी। कीड़े ने स्याही को सूंघ लिया या पी लिया। उसे यह नापसंद था क्योंकि वह मुड़ गया और उड़ने की कोशिश करने लगा।

    नन्हा जीव खुद को बचाने के लिए तरह-तरह के प्रयास करता रहा, जब उसे एहसास हुआ कि वह खुद को नहीं बचा सकता, तो उसका आत्मविश्वास कम हो गया। जीव इतना छोटा था कि उसके पैर नहीं थे लेकिन उसके पास एक जोड़ा था जिसके साथ वह खुद को बचाने के लिए बेतहाशा भागता था। अंततः, वह वर्णनकर्ता की इच्छा के आगे झुक गया और उसने स्वयं को शीट के बीच में समर्पित कर दिया।

    वर्णनकर्ता पशु प्रेमी नहीं था, उस प्रकार के लोग जो पशु अधिकारों के लिए लड़ते थे और दिखाते थे कि उन्हें इन प्राणियों से बहुत प्यार था। उसे बस यह महसूस हुआ कि वह छोटा कीट हानिरहित था। इसलिए, उन्होंने इसमें कोई खिलवाड़ नहीं किया। उसने उसे वहीं रहने दिया और कीड़े के सो जाने का इंतजार करने लगा।

    वर्णनकर्ता के पास सोचने की क्षमता है और वह किसी को भी बुद्धि का प्रदर्शन करते हुए देखता है तो पहचान लेता है। स्वयं को बचाने के लिए इस कीट की बुद्धिमत्ता के प्रदर्शन की कवि ने सराहना की है।


    A Considerable Speck Poem Explanation

    A speck that would have been beneath my sight
    On any but a paper sheet so white
    Set off across what I had written there.
    And I had idly poised my pen in air
    To stop it with a period of ink
    When something strange about it made me think,
    This was no dust speck by my breathing blown,
    But unmistakably a living mite
    With inclinations it could call its own.

    Word meanings:
    Speck: a very small spot / a small piece of dirt
    Set off: ran
    Idly: without any purpose, lazily
    Poised: held steady
    Unmistakably: undoubtedly
    Mite: a very small insect
    Inclinations: feelings

    There was a tiny piece of dirt on the white sheet of paper on which the narrator was writing. He would not have noticed it had it not been on the clean white sheet. The particle flew off and the narrator thought that his breath had blown it off but later, when he saw that the particle was running here and there, he realized that it was a small insect and not a particle of dust. The insect could think and so, it was running around to save itself.

    It paused as with suspicion of my pen,
    And then came racing wildly on again
    To where my manuscript was not yet dry;
    Then paused again and either drank or smelt-
    With loathing, for again it turned to fly.
    Plainly with an intelligence I dealt.

    Word meanings:
    Racing: running
    Manuscript: piece of written text
    Paused: stopped
    Loathing: strong dislike or hatred
    Plainly: clearly

    The insect stopped running because it was scared that the narrator would hit it with his pen. Then all of a sudden it started running towards the area of the paper where the narrator had written something and the ink was not yet dry. The insect stopped and perhaps it smelt or drank the wet ink. It must have disliked it for it turned and flew. The narrator used his intelligence to deal with the tiny insect.

    It seemed too tiny to have room for feet,
    Yet must have had a set of them complete
    To express how much it didn’t want to die.
    It ran with terror and with cunning crept.
    It faltered: I could see it hesitate;
    Then in the middle of the open sheet
    Cower down in desperation to accept
    Whatever I accorded it of fate.

    Word meanings:
    Room: here, space
    A set of them: here, a set of feet
    Terror: fright
    Cunning: cleverness
    Faltered: walked with less confidence
    Hesitate: uncertain / reluctant
    Cower down: hand down and move backward in fear
    Desperation: a state of hopelessness which leads to extreme behaviour
    Accorded: granted

    The insect was too small that it seemed that there was no space for feet in its body but still it had a pair of feet with which it was running. It ran doe to fear and was clever to use different tactics to save itself. The narrator could make out that the insect was afraid because it lacked confidence and at times, it ran with a reluctance. They insect came to the centre of the paper and just remained there as if it has surrendered to the narrator.

    I have none of the tenderer-than-thou
    Collectivistic regimenting love
    With which the modern world is being swept.
    But this poor microscopic item now!
    Since it was nothing I knew evil of
    I let it lie there till I hope it slept.

    Word meanings:
    tenderer-than-thou: more loving / delicate than you are (attitude)
    Collectivistic: concerned with some group, class or society, not individuals
    Regimenting: something imposed strictly by the state or society
    Swept: strongly affected
    Microscopic item: almost invisible insect (mite)

    The narrator says that he did not have any affection for the insect like a group of people have towards other beings, wherein they try to save and protect them. But, he adds that it was a tiny insect and since it was harmless, the narrator decided to let it be. He did not do anything to it was allowed it to remain there till it wanted to go to sleep.

    I have a mind myself and recognize
    Mind when I meet with it in any guise
    No one can know how glad I am to find
    On any sheet the least display of mind.

    Word meanings:
    Mind: Ability to think
    Guise: Cover
    Display of Mind: show of intelligence

    The narrator also has a mind and he can identify another mind maybe which ever form it maybe in. He could even identify that the dust particle was in fact a living mite because its movement indicated that it could think and was deciding its course of action. He was very glad to find the show of such intelligence on the sheet of paper, by the tiny mite.


    Figures of Speech

    1. Rhyme scheme- irregular rhyme has been used
    2. Oxymoron – the adjective used for a noun is contrary to the noun’s qualities.
    ‘Considerable speck’
    3. Imagery – visual imagery has been deployed to show the mite’s movement.
    4. Alliteration – repetition of a consonant sound at the start of two or more consecutive words.
    Been beneath
    Made me
    Breathing blown
    Something strange
    Could call
    My manuscript
    Too tiny
    Have had
    Cunning crept
    With which
    Mind myself
    5. Anaphora – two or more consecutive lines start with the same word
    I let it lie there till I hope it slept.
    I have a mind myself and recognize
    6. Inversion – the structure of the sentence is altered
    This was no dust speck by my breathing blown,
    Plainly with an intelligence I dealt.
    Yet must have had a set of them complete
    On any sheet the least display of mind
    7. Enjambment – when the same sentence continues to the next lines and the lines do not have any punctuation mark in the end. Enjambment has been used at various places in the poem.

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