Q. Discuss with your partner the following definition of a poem.
A poem is made of words arranged in a beautiful order. These words, when read aloud with feeling, have a music and meaning of their own.
Ans. Very true. Poetry is different from prose because it arranges best words in a musical order. However, a poem being short, musical and interesting is easy to learn by heart and to remember for a long period.
Q. ‘The poetry of earth’ is not made of words. What is it made of, as suggested in the poem?
Ans. The poetry of earth is made of the chirping of birds in trees, and a grasshopper’s sound. They sing joyfully without a long break.
Q. Find in the poem lines that match the following:
- The grasshopper’s happiness never comes to an end.
- he cricket’s song has a warmth that never decreases.
- He has never done with his delights.
- The cricket’s song in warmth increasing ever.
Q. Which word in stanza 2 is opposite in meaning to ‘the frost’?
Q. The poetry of earth continues round the year through a cycle of two seasons. Mention each with its representative voice.
Ans. The two major seasons in a year are summer and winter. Both are rich in music. In summer, the representative voice is that of the birds and the grasshoppers. In winter, the cricket is the prime singer.