Lands (Poem-By Robert Louis Stevenson)
A. Read to understand
Answer these questions.
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
i The child climbed up the
cherry tree so that he could see as many places as he can.
ii 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
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
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 throughout.
1. Study the rhyme schemes of the poems
you have read so far in this book and write them here.
Problem solving abcb
A Spaceship Landed Over There abcb
Little by Little aabb
read these lines from the poem.
I saw a dimpling river pass
And be the sky’s blue looking-glass
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.
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
2. Identify whether the comparisons in
these lines are similes or metaphors. One has been done for you.
It is raining cats and dogs. metaphor
Her eyes were fire in rage. metaphor
She was a tigress on the battlefield. metaphor
He behaved like a complete stranger. simile
He is the apple of his mother’s eye. metaphor
The fur was like silk-soft and smooth. simile
They are as alike as two peas in a pod. simile
The teacher showered him with praise. metaphor
The answer to the problem is as clear as
The room was a furnace on the hot summer