DayBreak (Model answer)

  1. ‘’It crossed the churchyard with a sigh

And said, Not yet in quite lie”- who crossed the churchyard? Why did it sigh? What did the wind say while crossing the churchyard? Why did it say so?


And say “ Not yet in quiet lie” who said this words and to whom? Why did it say so?


How did the mood of the poem change at the end of the poem ‘Daybreak’?

Ans. The sea wind crossed the churchyard in the poem ‘Daybreak’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The wind sighed for the dead who were buried in the churchyard. The wind felt sympathy for them.

The wind asked the dead to lie in their eternal sleep till the Final Day of Judgment.

In the poem “Daybreak” the wind comes out of the sea and announces the advent of a new day. It acts like a messenger and urges everything to start their duties and activities. But while crossing the churchyard it feels sympathy and sighs for dead man. It appeals the deed to lie and enjoy their eternal sleep. It is not the proper time for the deed to wake up. They have to rise on the day of Final Judgment. By the phrase ‘not yet’ the poet refers to the Christian belief of resurrection of dead on Doom’s Day. So he asks the dead to enjoy the calmness of their tombs and to have sound sleep.      

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