Missed (By P.G Wodehouse)
About the poem
A. Read to understand
Answer these questions.
‘All was peace….’ Give three reasons why
the poet says this.
Ans. All was
peace….’ The poet says this line because
i. It was a sunny day.
ii. Ladies were
very well dressed and were happy to watch the match in progress.
iii. Birds were
sitting on the treetops and singing a cheerful song.
Why was the poet daydreaming? Tick the
weather was pleasant.
The bee’s song made him
Clara was in the audience.
There were girls prettier than Clara.
Which three words in the third stanza
identify the sport being played?
Ans. The three words in the third stanza which identify the sport
being played are bowler, wicket and batsman.
Who was grieved and why?
Ans. The batsman was grieved because he thought that it was a catch.
He got ready to leave the pitch.
What did the poet do when he realized his
the poet realized his mistake, he started pulling his hair violently.
Which two lines in the fourth stanza show
the poet’s regret?
Ans. O, ne’er, if I live to a million,
Shall I feel
such a terrible pang.
And my heart
was seared deep with a raw burn
thought that I’d foozled that catch.
What did the poet decide to do? Would the
poet ever play cricket again?
Ans. The poet decided to
leave playing cricket altogether and start playing golf.
No the poet will not play cricket again.
If you were in the poet’s place what would you
Ans. I would have done the same thing.
C. Read to appreciate
Match the following
expressions used in the poem with their meanings.