A Night with a Wolf (Poem by Bayard Taylor)
About the poem
A. Read to understand
the following questions.
What does the father bring to the child’s
attention in the first stanza of the poem?
father brings the child’s attention toward the pouring rain, extremely dark: a
moonless night, and roaring wind.
What three things does the storyteller
mention to show that danger was close at hand on the night when he was lost?
three things that the story teller mentioned were:
Wolves in the forest
Bears in the bush
What were the two things that protected him
from the rough weather?
Ans. The two
things that protected him were:-
Large branches of tree
‘Little one, be not frightened.’ What do
you think had alarmed the child?
child got alarmed when he heard that his father and wolf spent the long night
together sitting side by side, hiding from the bad weather.
Quote the lines in which the father tells
the child that it is safer to be inside the house rather than outside it on a
Darling, kiss me in payment…
Hark! How the wind is roaring!
Father’s house is a better place
When the stormy rain is pouring.
The word ‘props’ refers to things used for
holding up a structure, and ‘rafter’ refers to a sloping piece of wood that
supports a roof. How do you think the poet has used these words in the poem?
poet has used these words to signify that at the time of need, nature can
provide support to the man. In the poem the pine tree and high branches of the
trees were providing shelter and support in the dark to the poet.
The man and the beast became aware of a
likeness between them. This was because both of them
had lost the ways to their homes.
were at the mercy of the elements of
had sought out the same place
to hide from the storm.
The man and the beast knew that it was safe
for them to leave their hiding place when they could no longer hear
the wind howling.
the trees coming down.
the raindrops spattering on
you think that feelings of hostility can be overcome when people are faced with
a common problem? Give reasons for your answer. Can you think of any such
example of a bond of friendship formed during times of danger and difficulty?
Yes, feelings of hostility can be overcome when people are faced
with a common problem because they have the mutual motive of staying safe.
(Example will vary)
C. Read to appreciate
this line from the poem.
Where the wild
men watched and waited
highlighted word begins with the same sound. This repetition of sound at the beginning
of words appearing close to each other is known as alliteration.
Such repetition of sounds in a poem gives a musical quality to it.
Read the poem once again and find other examples of alliteration.
Bending the props of the pine tree roof
Stunned, and bruised, and blinded;
Something rustled; two green eyes shone
That beast and man were brother
Forth in the wild, wet morning.
Here are some pairs of words beginning with the same sound. Add another word to
each pair to make meaningful phrases. Your word should begin with the same
sound as the other two words.
one wicked woman
two troublesome team-mates
three thankful teenagers
four fantastic fables
five frowning faces
six smiling smilies
seven surprised sisters
eight ailing adults
nine nervous nurses
ten talented technicians