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'The Windhover' by Gerard Manley Hopkins; Brief-answer Questions

The Windhover

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

1. Which bird is called the windhover? [NU 2016]

Ans: The bird falcon is called the windhover.

2. Why is the falcon called the windhover?

Ans: The falcon is called the windhover because it has the crazy ability to ride the wind like that of a surfer who rides the sea waves. 

3. Who is addressed by "Morning's minion"?

Ans: A falcon flying in the sky in an early morning is addressed by the poet as 'morning's minion'.

4. What does the Windhover stand for?

Ans: The Windhover stand for a specimen of the real beauty of Jesus Christ. 

5. The falcon is the crown prince of what?

Ans: The falcon is the crown prince of the kingdom of daylight.

6. How does the air behave when the falcon starts to fly?

Ans: When the falcon starts to fly, the air underneath it remains steady and level. 

7. Why does the poet’s heart stir in hiding?

Ans: The poet’s heart stirs in hiding seeing the achievement and mastery of the windhover.

8. What do you mean by Brute beauty? [NU 2014, 2017]

Ans: 'Brute Beauty' means ‘natural beauty’.