The Brook (Poem-By Lord Alfred Tennyson)
About the poem
A. Read to understand
Find the lines in the poem that express the following thoughts.
As the brook flows down its stony and
pebbly paths, it creates a whirlpool and makes many musical sounds.
I chatter over stony
In little sharps and
I bubble into eddying
I babble on the pebbles.
The brook follows a winding path, carrying
flowers and fish along with it.
I wind about, and in and
With here a blossom
And here and there a
And here and there a
When the brook flows above the stones and
pebbles, there is a break in the flow of water, which appears silvery.
With many a silvery
Above the golden gravel,
The rays and beams of the sun appear to be
dancing as they fall on the brook through the tree cover along the shallow
I make the netted
Against my sandy
The brook continues its journey forever to
join the brimming river, unlike man whose life must come to a stop.
And out again I curve
To join the brimming
For men may come and men
But I go on forever.
Answer these questions.
How does the brook behave when it
encounters curves on its banks?
brook feel unhappy and tired as it has to use all its energy to curve and move
round and round, again and again. So, it behaves ‘angrily’ when it faces curves
on its banks.
Make a list of the various places that fall
in the path of the brook as it flows.
that fall in the path of brook are:
twenty small villages
a little town
half a hundred bridges
What do you think causes the ‘foamy flake’
as the brook flows?
the water moves about in curve and strikes against stone, it swirls and form
foams. A large mass of very small bubble is referred here as foamy flake.
What makes the brook sparkle?
Ans. When it
moves through the fern-plants, its water shines brightly with the sun rays
falling on it.
What is the ‘netted sunbeam’? What makes it
‘netted sunbeam’ refers to the sunrays filtering through the leaves and bushes that
fall on the surface of sandy shallow water in a net-like pattern. The movement
of water makes it dancing.
does the brook in the poem originate from-the highlands or the plains? Support
your answer with lines from the poem.
brook in the poem originates from the highlands because it passes through the
high mountains, tough terrains, deep valleys and finally overcoming all the
hurdles of the way, reaches its destination, the overflowing river.
the following parts of the brook’s journey with human life.
at the beginning of its journey
Ans. As like
a child, the brook chatters and babbles. It is as energetic as a human being in
the initial stages of its life. As human being work to fulfill their aim in
life, the brook’s aim is to join the brimming river.
closer to the river
brook slows down and slips, slides and find steals by the lawns and grassy
plots. In the same way, in old age, man becomes quiet and understanding.
C. Read to appreciate
Read these lines from the poem.
I make a sudden sally
By many a field and fallow
Both these lines show the use of alliteration.
Find at least five more examples of
alliteration in the poem.
1. By twenty
thorps, a little town
2. I bubble
into eddying bays,
on the pebbles.
3. With willow-weed
I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance
4. I linger
by my shingly bars;
round my cresses;
The poet has used a lot of words that
describe some sound or movement. Read these words and phrases from the poem,
and write them in suitable columns.