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1. Who is the poet of the poem ‘Brotherhood’?

Answer: Octavio Paz is the poet of the poem ‘Brotherhood’.

2. How does the poet introduce himself in the poem ‘Brotherhood’?

Answer: The poet introduces himself as a man in the poem ‘Brotherhood’.

3. What does the expression ‘Little do I last’ refer to?

Answer: By the expression ‘Little do I last’ Octavio Paz means that the lifespan of humans is transient.

4. How does the poet express the magnitude of the night in ‘Brotherhood’?

Answer: The poet expresses the magnitude of the night in ‘Brotherhood’ by calling it ‘enormous’.

5. How is the night in Brotherhood’?

Answer: The night is enormous.

6. What does the poet of ‘Brotherhood’ see when he looks up?

Answer: The poet of ‘Brotherhood’, Octavio Paz sees the stars that write the destiny of man when he looks up.

7. What do the stars write?

Answer: The stars write the destiny of man as a part of the universe.

8. What do the stars control in the poem ‘Brotherhood’?

Answer: The stars control the whole universe including man in the poem ‘Brotherhood’.

9. ‘Unknowing I understand’ – What does the poet understand?

Answer: The poet understands that he is also a part of the vast universe and he is predestined like all other things of the universe.

10. Who, according to Octavio Paz, writes the destiny of the man?

Answer: The almighty god or the reader of the poem ‘Brotherhood’ spells out the poet’s destiny.

11. What does the title ‘Brotherhood’ suggest?

Answer: The title ‘Brotherhood’ suggests the relationship among all elements in the whole universe.

12. Who was Claudius Ptolemy?

Answer: Claudius Ptolemy was an astronomer and mathematician who lived in Rome around 100 AD.

13. “And the night is enormous” -What does ‘night’ symbolize here?

Answer: The ‘night’ symbolizes death.

14. What do the stars write?

Answer: In the poem “Brotherhood” by Octavio Paz, the stars write the destiny of every human being.

15. Whom does the poet pay homage to in the poem “Brotherhood”?

Answer: In the poem “Brotherhood”, the poet Octavio Paz pays homage to the great astronomer Ptolemy.

16. Who is referred to as ‘I’ in the line “I too am written…”?

Answer: In the above-quoted line ‘I’ refers to the poet of the poem “Brotherhood”, Octavio Paz.

17. How many lines does the poem “Brotherhood” consist of?

Answer: The poem “Brotherhood” consists of eight lines.


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