Question and Answers
1. How do ‘denizens’ and ‘chivalric’ add to our understanding of the tiger’s attitudes?
The word ‘denizens’ means that they are proud of their home, they feel safe there and have a feeling of belonging attached to it.
The word ‘chivalric’ shows that they have a majestic and worthy position like knights.
2. Why do you think Aunt Jennifer’s hands are ‘fluttering through her wool’ in the second stanza? Why is she finding the needle so hard to pull?
Her hands are fluttering probably because she is scared of her husband who could come anytime and scold her for sitting idle and wasting her time doing embroidery.
She finds the needle so hard to pull because her fingers are tired of working endlessly all through her life.
3. What is suggested by the image ‘massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band’?
‘Massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band’ suggest symbolically, that the bindings and obligations of her marriage are so much that they have put a lot of burden and stress on her.
4. Of what or of whom is Aunt Jennifer terrified with in the third stanza?
She is terrified of her husband.
5. What are the ‘ordeals’ Aunt Jennifer is surrounded by, why is it significant that the poet uses the word ‘ringed’? What are the meanings of the word ‘ringed’ in the poem?
The ‘ordeals’ are
• Obeying her husband’s orders.
• Fear of men.
• Giving in to his dominance and fulfilling his commands. ‘Ringed’ indicates entrapment. As the ring encircles the finger, similarly, her husband has encircled her in his clutches. Her body and soul are both trapped, struggling for freedom and fearlessness.
6. Why do you think Aunt Jennifer created animals that are so different from her own character? What might the poet be suggesting, through this difference?
• I think that aunt Jennifer’s intense desire for freedom and fearlessness came out through her creativity.
• This is the time when she is with herself, and then, her innermost feelings are expressed, here her medium of expression is the embroidery.
• Through this difference it is shown that the lady is not what she is. Her circumstances have made her so but even she has a desire to live life with respect and pride.
7. Interpret the symbols found in this poem.
‘denizens of a world of green’ means inhabitants of the forest.
‘massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band’ means the burden of marital obligations.
‘Sits heavily upon Aunt’ means has laid a lot of stress on her.
‘ringed with ordeals’ means to get entrapped in hardships and sufferings.
8. Do you sympathize with Aunt Jennifer. What is the attitude of the speaker towards Aunt Jennifer?
Yes, I sympathize with Aunt Jennifer. The speaker is also sympathetic towards her and hates dominating men.