The School Boy – Important Questions

Important Question and Answers

Q. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow:

But to go to school in a summer morn,
O’ it drives all joy away,
under a cruel eye outworn,
The little ones spend the day,
In sighing and dismay.

  1. What drives away all the joy?
    Going to school in a summer morning drives away all the joy.
  2. What does ‘cruel eye outworn’ refer to?
    ‘Cruel eye outworn’ refers to the teachers and uninspiring life at school.
  3. How do the little ones spend the day?
    The little ones spend the day sadly sighing.

Q. Do you think the school boy is a happy child? Why/Why not?

Ans. No, the school boy is not a happy child, because he did not like to study in the class.

Q. What does this school boy love?

Ans. This school boy loves to spend summer morning and hearing singing of bird, song of skylark.

Q. What drives this joy away?

Ans. To go to the school in a summer morning drives all his joy away.

Q. Explain phrase “eye outworn”.

Ans. It means the dull/uninspiring life at school with lots of work and no play.

Q. Why does he compare himself with a bird in a cage or a plant that withers?

Ans. He compares himself with a bird in a cage or a plant that withers because he is not happy with his school life and he is unable to enjoy his freedom to play during school time.

Q. Find out rhyming scheme and rhyming words.

Ans. Rhyming scheme is a, b, a,b,a, ab, ab, a. Rhyming words are:

  • morn, outworn
  • day, dismay
  • Sit, delight,
  • hour, bower
  • Joy, annoy
  • sing, wing,

Q. What message does the poet want to convey through this poem?

Ans. The poet wants to convey a very practical lesson through this poem. He wants that we should not bury the childhood of a child under the burden of heavy bags and books as a child loves to be closer to nature, stars, flowers than to this materialistic world.

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