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i. This extract is taken from the poem ‘A Walk by Moonlight’ written by Henry Louis Vivian Derozio.

ii. By “soft hours” the poet means pleasant moments of the past. A walk by moonlight is poetry to awaken our conscience. In this poem Derozio not only recounts an experience but also vividly describes the effect of such an experience on his mind and heart.

iii. The hours spent in nature are calm, peaceful and inspirational. Through this poem Derozio illustrates how a casual walk and the observations thus made, compel him to question life and introspect.

iv. The walk in the moonlit night makes him realize that to understand the universe we must first understand ourselves. He discovers immense joy as his senses are awakened and he establishes oneness and interconnectedness with nature. Derozio concludes by realizing that he cannot crush the grass beneath his feet as it is pulsating with life. It is a moment of great spiritual insight and heightened sensitivity.

v. Metaphor is the poetic device used in the words ‘soft hours’. Metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

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