Class 11English

Std. XI- 2.3 There is Another Sky

 Title: There is Another Sky

      ‘There is Another Sky’ is an inspirational poem with a message of ‘never say-die’. The poet presents two worlds through the title, one is the real world to which the poet and her brother belong. The other one is an imaginative place where both of them take refuge to stay away from the troubles of contemporary times.

The poem: There is Another Sky

The poem is a Petrarchan sonnet with octave and sestet. The poet is communicating to her brother through a letter. She encourages her brother not to get depressed under any circumstances and pleads with him to return home.

Life is full of challenges; one can tackle the challenges with a positive attitude. The poem ends on an optimistic note. The brighter garden stands for choices that life offers to all.

The Poet: Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson is an American poet of the nineteenth century. She lived a lonely life. Most of her poems are motivational and philosophical. They are unique to her era and are characterised by simple and short lines. She often used slant rhymes and unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Her poems are the psalms and hymns of life in all its shades.


There is Another Sky” is a sonnet written by Emily Dickinson. The poet wants to convey to the readers that beyond the physical sky, there lies an additional sky. The theme of the sonnet highlights the importance of never giving up and always looking for the best to come.

Ice Breakers

(i) Life is an amalgam of happy and sad moments. Think of such moments in your life, pair with your classmate and share both the aspects of life.

Happy Moments

Sad Moments

1) Winning the first prize in competition

Losing your mobile, bicycle or wallet






Happy Moments

Sad Moments

1) Winning the first prize in competition

Losing your mobile, bicycle or wallet

2) Securing highest marks in the exam.

Getting low score in the exam.

3) Enjoying birthday party

Missing a party

4) Attending a wedding ceremony of close relative or friend

Missing a wedding ceremony of a close relative or friend due to unavoidable situation

5) Going to a picnic

Becoming sick

6) Hearing favourite songs

Death of a close relative or friend

7) Getting admission to a desired course / college

Not getting admission to a desired course or college

8) Watching favourite T.V. programme or a film or a play

Attending a boring meeting

9) Spending time with family members on any festival

Getting defeat in any sport match

10) Learning new things

Suffering due to an accident


(ii) Discuss with your partner and find proverbs, idioms or phrases of similar meaning to the one given and fill them in the stars given below:


1) Every cloud has a silver lining.


2) There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.


3) There are always flowers for those who want to see them.


4) I’m thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled upon my strength.


5) Once you have been in the dark, you learn to appreciate everything that shines.


6) Too many people miss the silver lining because they are expecting gold.


7) Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is wonderful stroke of luck.


8) Only in the darkness, you can see the stars.


9) You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.


10) All’s well that ends well.


(iii) When we look at the sky, we find several objects. They stand for something or the other. Complete the following table by finding the significance of the given objects. One example is given to you.

Celestial Bodies


The Sun

Power, Heat, Energy, Commitment etc.

The Moon


The Rainbow


The Stars



Celestial Bodies


The Sun

Power, Heat, Energy, Commitment etc.

The Moon

Beauty, Calmness, Purity, Compassion, Brightness etc.

The Rainbow

Beauty, Happiness, Dream, Peace etc.

The Stars

Good luck, Gift, Appreciation, Ratings, Celebrity etc.


(iv) Colours mentioned in the table given below, are associated with something or the other. Discuss with your partner and complete the table.


Associated with-


Warmness, Compassion, Love


Peace, Gloom


Joy, Brightness


Danger, Anger, Love


Peace, Defeat


Strength, Darkness


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