Q. Who is the speaker in the poem?
Ans. A man looking for his employer is the speaker.
Q. “The king, sword in hand” suggests (i) wealth (ii) power (iii) more power than wealth
Mark the appropriate item in the context of stanza 1.
Q. The old man offered the speaker a lot of money. Why did he turn down the offer?
Ans. The man didn’t need money. He valued his freedom more than becoming a slave for gold.
Q. Find in the poem, lines that match the following. Read both one after another.
- I have nothing to give you except goodwill & cheer.
- Her happiness was no more than sorrow in disguise.
- The king’s might was not worth much.
- “I hire you with nothing”
- “Her smile paled and melted into tears”.
- “But his power counted for naught”
Q. How did the speaker feel after talking to the child on the beach?
Ans. The speaker felt after meeting the child that he would get satisfaction, joy and freedom.