NCERT Class 11 English Woven Words

Class 11 English: Woven Words


NCERT Class 11 English Woven Words is an elective course for students. It entails some of the notable works of literature that improves learners writing and reading skills. It makes learners familiar with the writing flair of the notable writers from the country and across the world.

In the syllabus of Class 11 English Woven Words improvises students’ vocabulary and their grip over the English language. It also inspires students to pursue the discipline and to be familiar with the depth of the discipline and make career in that direction. The book helps students to understand abstract ideas and exercise the power of thinking to develop their own perception.

NCERT Class 11 English Woven Words also give students an emotional ride by exposing them to various real life situations and human values like empathy, compassion, love, care and to correlate with their own perspectives as well as to discover the nerves of  human to human relationship.

The NCERT class 11 English Woven Words includes eight short stories, twelve poetries and seven essays eloquently elaborated with logical sequencing of the subject matter and proper placement of the concepts.

Writing Skills like:  Note-making, Summarising, Sub-titling, Essay-writing, Letter-writing and Creative Writing is also an integral part of NCERT Class 11 English Woven Words.

Woven Words (Elective) Chapters:

Short Stories

1.The Lament
2. A Pair of Mustachios
3. The Rocking-horse Winner
4. The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
5. Pappachi’s Moth
6. The Third and Final Continent
7. Glory at Twilight
8. The Luncheon


1.The Peacock
2. Let me Not to the Marriage of True Minds
3. Coming
4. Telephone Conversation
5. The World is too Much With Us
6. Mother Tongue
7. Hawk Roosting
8. For Elkana
9. Refugee Blues
10. Felling of the Banyan Tree
11. Ode to a Nightingale
12. Ajamil and the Tigers


1.My Watch
2. My Three Passions
3. Patterns of Creativity
4. Tribal Verse
5. What is a Good Book?
6. The Story
7. Bridges

Short Stories


  1. The Lament

This is the story about a father and his great despair for the son who’s dead.  He desperately tries to share his grief with everyone around him including strangers. He wanted someone to listen to him, so he can feel better. This tear jerker read exhibits the harshness of human nature. The story questions on the lack of human involvement and compassion toward a grieving man. Iona, the father tries unsuccessfully, several times to find an outlet to his pain. Finally he finds the only faithful ear of his horse to hear his pain.

  1. A Pair of Mustachios

Mulk Raj Anand, the writer talks about the theme of pride, conformity, class, acceptance, tradition and freedom and their value in our society. The story is narrated in the third person by and after reading the story the reader realizes that writer may be exploring the theme of pride. Which class of a society can wear a mustachio and which class doesn‚Äôt have ‚Äėright‚Äô to wear that so called ‚Äėsymbol of pride‚Äô is beautifully questioned and criticized in the story.

  1. The Rocking Horse Winner

This is a short story by D.H. Lawrence, originally published in Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 1926. It tells the story of a little boy who wants to relieve his family’s financial crisis by accurately anticipating the results of horse races. The money anxieties of the family also can be reflection of Lawrence’s own struggling working-class parents. Those days of author‚Äôs childhood are fodder for many of his works.

  1. The Adventure of the Three Garridebs

This is one of the most thrilling stories of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and Watson receive a letter from a guy called Nathan who was contacted by John. John discloses that he is searching for three mysterious Garridebs. He is one of them, and Nathan is another. John needs to find a third.

  1. Pappachi’s Moth

This is a chapter taken from phenomenal work by the winner of the booker prize on her very first novel ‚ÄėGod of Small things‚Äô, Arundhati Roy. The actual moth was an insect that¬†Pappachi¬†discovered while he was working as an Entomologist; he believed it to be a new species. Later in Pappachi‚Äôs life, other lepidopterists inferred that the moth actually was a new species and Pappachi was right about them, but they didn‚Äôt name it after Pappachi. This emotionally breaks Pappachi and he considers this the greatest failure of his life.

  1. The Third and Final Continent

This is the story that narrates how a young immigrant has to do to adjust to his new home and the new bride. One elderly widow, who manages to help the young man feel less lonely, is a beautifully curated character. She shows him the qualities in his wife that he had never noticed and provides him a better hope for his future happy life.

  1. Glory of Twilight

This is a story of Satyajit, who is an honest, simple and hardworking man.Born in a small village home, Satyajit is a self-educated guy with hopes and dreams in his life, and struggle has always been his life breath. He is leading a peaceful life, he is happy with his wife and new born baby. But Satyajit wants to taste glory just one last time and decides to go back to his village where he is regarded as a millionaire.

  1. The Luncheon

The Luncheon by Maugham recalls a lunch he had with a pretty woman who admired his writing. He is nervous and hesitant about accepting the invitation to those fancy restaurants that woman proposes, but she assures him that she never orders much but during the lunch, she orders variety of dishes and only eats one at a time! This put Maugham in a situation where he is left with no money for the month, and the woman leaves in a cab without any glitches. Later he finds out that she has gained a lot of weight, he sees it as karma for her own behaviour.



  1. The Peacock

In this poem the poet admires the fascinating, royal, mind blowing, magnificent, precious, gorgeous things of a peacock. A peacock is referred as national bird so all that she appreciates is of India. The whole poem is talking about INDIA.

  1. Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds

This is a beautiful sonnet that attempts to define love. It tells both what it is and is not. The speaker deliberately explains that love which according to poet is‚ÄĚthe marriage of true minds‚ÄĚ is perfect and unchanging. It does not ‚Äúadmit impediments,‚ÄĚ and it does not change with the changing times.

  1. Coming

The poem ‘Coming’ by Philip Larkin is a meticulous observation and admiration of the advent of the spring. The poet sets the plot of house fronts in chilly and yellow light, a thrush sings a welcoming song and he feels like the whole nature is dancing with joy and happiness at the arrival of the new season.

  1. Telephone Conversation

In ‚ÄúTelephone Conversation‚ÄĚ, Wole Soyinka, the poet, talks about two strangers speaking over the telephone. She describes the resulting revelations which includes ¬†the attitudes that some people have on others of judging even without knowing him or her personally but just by having pre-judging them by the colour of his or her skin.

  1. The World is too much With Us

‚ÄėThe world is too much with us‚Äô is¬†a beautiful sonnet penned by William Wordsworth in 1807. It is one¬†of the¬†notable figures¬†of the¬†English Romantic movement.¬†The¬†poem points out¬†the¬†withering connection between mankind and the mother Earth. Poet blames industrial society for replacing that connection with worthless material pursuits.

  1. Mother Tongue.

Mother tongue describes the characteristics that a particular script delivers to its successive script in legacy. Poet mentions the evolution of Dogri’s scripts into account, how the language Dogri developed, how did it use its native script Sharade, which was evolved from the original Brahmi script. Sharade then was replaced by Devanagari, which is used presently.

  1. Hawk Roosting

Hawk Roosting¬†is a poem that describes the imagined mind of a¬†hawk¬†which is about to rest up for the day. It’s actually a monologue of a raptor that showcases power of human thinking and imagination.

  1. For Elkana

Nissim, the poet has portrayed here a common scene of any Indian home, where in the wife tries to discuss certain issues and the husband believes that any man in the neighbourhood would know solution to them and their son plays around. It’s a joyride with lot of fun.

        9.Refugee Blues


This poetry is about the plight of Jewish refugees around 1930s.The poem was written in 1939, when millions of Jews were trying to escape Nazi Germany. The poem levels a stern accusation against Nazism and their supporters. It also recalls the ‚Äė Final solution‚Äô and ‚ÄėGas chamber tragedy‚Äô ordered by Hitler ,insisting they are complicit in the Jews’ suffering and mass murder and how when you choose your side when you decide to remain silent.

        10. Felling of the Banyan Tree


The Felling of the Banyan Tree focuses on a family’s history when a drastic decision had to be taken by the father. This decision involves the demolition of several houses on a hill and cutting down of a huge tree which has been standing there at the same spot for centuries.

       11.Ode to a Nightingale


The poem focuses on a speaker, who is standing in a dark forest and listening to the beautiful song of a nightingale bird. This provokes a deep thought and meandering meditation by the speaker on time, beauty, death, nature, and suffering of many lives.

       12.Ajamil and the Tigers


The poem Ajamil and the Tigers is a remarkable political satire penned by Arun Kolatkar. In this poetry Ajamil and the Tigers represent the corrupt politicians and the oppressed subjects in the country, respectively .The sheep represent the huge mass, the mob of people and the sheepdog is actually the incarnation of the army.



  1. My Watch

After a long possession of 18 months, when his watch stops working, the devastated author goes to all possible watch makers but all efforts went in the vein, hopeless. But then the author decided to give it a last shot and went to a watch maker who turned out to be a steam-boat engineer.

  1. My Three Passions

This poetry is about Bertrand Russell’s three passions governing his life. The first two are love and knowledge, which emotionally and intellectually elevated him and took him higher to the imaginary heavens that poets and saints have imagined. The third one, i.e., pity, brings him back to the Earth in the ground of reality.

  1. Patterns of Creativity

In the essay patterns of creativity, writer S. Chandrasekhar lists the reasons for the difference in the patterns of thinking and creativity among the notable practitioners in the arts and in the sciences. He does not answer it; rather, he makes an assortment of remarks that actually bore the answer.

  1. Tribal Verse

The essay Tribal Verse penned by G.N. Devy levels the extremely rich tradition and culture of tribal literature and various issues related to its admiration, recognition and preservation.

  1. What is a Good Book?

Ruskin Bond , the writer feels that reading the work of a good author is very painstaking task because it is not very easy to understand the words that the author has written. He suggests that one has to be mentally prepared to work hard like anything to understand a good book which is rich of wisdom.

  1. The Story

The story gives a humble description of Kimberly Clark, the protagonist in this story, who is twenty-five years old and has all the qualities of a normal pretty young woman. She loves to dance; she has many friends and a good position in the office of a huge company. But despite having all these she has a problem.

  1. Bridges

Bridges is a narrative of how a dancer evolved in Kumudini Lakhia. This autobiographical piece describes in details how the author became a dancer unexpectedly. In the beginning, the author describes the struggle one has to undergo in order to learn the art of dancing. She did never believe that anybody is born to dance and can dance, but that perception changes eventually.

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