About the poem

Read to understand

A. Answer these questions with reference to the context.

‘ What tales those teeth could tell’.

1.  Whose teeth is being talked about?


2. What does the poet compare the teeth to?


3. Why would the teeth be able to tell tales?


B. Answer these questions.

1. Which three senses of the tiger does the poet highlight?


2. Which line suggests that the tiger is the ‘apex predator’?


3. What does the tiger have ‘control’ of?


4. What do you think the poet means by saying ‘despite the human race’?



Discuss and write

1. Do you think the title of the poem is suitable? Why?


2. If someone asked you why we should save the tiger, what will your answer be?



Read to appreciate

1. What do you notice about the rhyming words in the poem? Can you work out the rhyme scheme?


2. Rhythm is when the arrangement of words creates an audible pattern or beat when read out loud. You can keep time with claps or taps. This poem is very rhythmic and follows a ‘beat’. This is because there are a fixed number of syllables in each line throughout the poem. Count the number of syllables in each line. How many syllables are there? Can you identify a pattern?


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