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Class 10 NCERT Solutions English Chapter 3 - The Ball [Poem]


The Ball [Poem] Exercise 47

Solution 1

The poet says "I will not intrude on him" because the boy, for the first time in his life, experiences the grief of losing a much loved possession-his ball. He does not want to disturb the boy as he wants him to feel what it is like to lose something. The poet wants him to be able to cope with his loss.


He does not offer him 'money' to buy another ball because he wants the boy to understand that money cannot buy everything. He wants him be responsible enough to let go off things and move on in life. Once something is lost, it may never be restored. This realisation will help him have a mature outlook towards life.

Solution 2

Yes, the boy has had the ball for a long time.

As the boy stands at the harbour, trembling and staring at his ball in the water, all the sweet memories of his childhood come flooding back to him. He then realises that, like the lost ball, those special moments cannot be retrieved.

Solution 3

The phrase "in the world of possessions" means that this is a materialistic world where one's possessions will either be taken away or be lost. This acquisitive world values money and wealth above everything else, and it is our responsibility to be prepared for facing our losses and moving on in life.


Solution 4

I don't think the boy has lost anything earlier.

The words that suggest this are "he senses first responsibility". The word 'first' hints that he may not have lost something/someone which is very dear to him before.

Solution 5

From the loss of the ball, the boy is learning that he will have to give up many things he loves in life. He may want to hold onto them, but may never possess them forever. Money can help us compensate our material losses; but it cannot help us restore the emotions attached to our possessions.


The boy has to understand the nature of loss and learn to cope with it. This will help him to move on in life. In conclusion, he has to accept that nothing can be possessed permanently, and that it is wise to let go instead of clinging on to the past.

Solution 6

This is a model answer just for reference. Students are recommended to answer this question based on their interpretation.


Here are some points that students can refer to and write elaborate answers based on their experiences.

  • Loss refers to losing something or someone.

  • Students lose their things in school or while playing.

  • Some also have to cope with the loss of close family members.

  • People who have pets also have to cope with the loss of a pet.

  • One may also lose material possessions or their property in an accident or calamity.


Sometimes it is very difficult to get over the loss of a loved one, In fact, it may seem impossible, but one has to face these trials and tribulations bravely. One has to bear in mind that time heals all wounds.

To get over the loss of material possessions it's much easier:

  • You can collect money and buy a new one.

  • Sometimes you may learn to cope with a loss and move on in life.


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