About the poem
A. Read to understand
1. By ‘foreign’, the poet means something that is
not real. b) unfamiliar. c) far off.
2. Make a list of all that the child poet sees on climbing
up the cherry tree?
Ans. The child poet saw many things on climbing up the cherry
tree such as garden decorated with flowers, a dimpling river pass, dusty road
that goes up and down and people walking in to town.
Pick out the lines that suggest the river reflects the sky.
Ans.”I saw a dimpling river pass
And be the sky’s
4. What kind of river would you call ‘grown-up’?
Ans. A grown up river is the one which enters the sea.
Why does the child poet wish for a ‘higher tree’?
Ans. The child poet wished for a higher tree so that he could see
more beautiful places such as the place where the river enters the sea and where
the roads lead into fairy land.
What kind of place does the child poet imagine in the last stanza?
Ans. In the last stanza, the child poet imagines a fairy land
where children dine at five and all the toys come alive.
Do you think the child poet lived a very sheltered and protected life, with
little freedom? Give reason(s) for your answer.
Ans. According to me, the child poet lived a very sheltered and
protected life, with little freedom because
The child climbed up the
cherry tree so that he could see as many places as he can.
The child, in last stanza,
imagines of fairy land where he will be able to live his life freely.
The child’s sense of adventure makes him
climb the cherry tree. What would you do to seek adventure?
Ans. I would seek adventure
in traveling around the world. (Answer will vary)
Children, in the poet’s time, used to climb
trees and play in the open. In what ways do you think the activities of
children today are different from those in the past?
Ans. Children today spent
very less time playing outside. Splashing in puddles, building sandcastles,
climbing up a tree, playing hide and seek, planting seeds, building a den,
playing pooh sticks, hunting for bugs, going stargazing and making daisy chains
were the activities of children in past. These simple outdoor pleasures missed
out on by today's computer-loving children.
The poet recalls the joys of his childhood
in the poem. Share with the class what you enjoyed doing most when you were
younger. Also, share what is it that you enjoy doing most today?
Ans. I enjoyed playing hide
and seek when I was younger. Now, I enjoy playing football.
C. Read to appreciate
Read the last words in each line of the first stanza of
the poem. You can see that the last words in the first two lines and the last
words in the third and fourth lines form two pairs of rhyming words. Now, read
the last words in each line of the other stanzas. Do you observe the same
pattern throughout? This pattern is the rhyme scheme of the poem.
Yes, we observe the same pattern
Study the rhyme schemes of the poems you have read so far in this book and
write them here.
b) Missed abab
Spaceship Landed Over There abcb
by Little aabb
Now, read these lines from the poem.
I saw a
dimpling river pass
And be the
sky’s blue looking-glass
In these lines, the poet says the river, by reflecting
the blueness of the sky, becomes a ‘looking-glass’. Here, two unlike things
(river and looking glass) are being treated as one, having the similar quality
of reflection. Such a comparison is called a metaphor.
We can compare the river and the looking glass in
another way. We can say that ‘the river is like a looking glass’. This
type of comparison is called a simile.
Identify whether the comparisons in these lines are similes or metaphors. One
has been done for you.
is raining cats and dogs. metaphor
eyes were fire in rage. metaphor
was a tigress on the battlefield. metaphor
behaved like a complete stranger. simile
is the apple of his mother’s eye. metaphor
fur was like silk-soft and smooth. simile
are as alike as two peas in a pod. simile
teacher showered him with praise. metaphor
answer to the problem is as clear as crystal. simile
room was a furnace on the hot summer day. metaphor