Saturday, 12 October 2013


7.Q.a) How does the brook sparkle?

Ans. In the primitive part of the brook i.e. haunts of coot and heron, the brook paces with transparent water. When the bright sun beams strays from the quivering brook water it seems to be sparkling from the quivering brook water. Sparkling is one of the tenets of the brook in its flow and symbolizes agile and gaily young nature of man.

7.Q. b)  ‘Bicker’ means “to quarrel’. Why does the poet use this word here?

Ans:- ‘The Brook’ is an excellent example of personification and the word ‘Bicker’ does the work of strengthening the same. Fluttering and flickering movement of the brook in the sloppy sides give birth to numerous noises. These noises in resonance are considered to be quarreling in a personified way.

7.Q.c) How many hills and bridges does the brook pass by during its journey?

Ans- The brook on its spontaneous journey passes by thirty hills and fifty bridges.

7.Q d)  Where does it  finally meet the river.

Ans. The ultimate truth of everything is final destination. Likewise the brook after passing a lot of the places meets the final destination, the river. The brook merges with the river near Philip’s Farm. Symbolically this is even the very truth for the humans.

7.Q.e) Why has the word ‘chatter ‘ been repeated  in the poem ?

Ans- The word ‘chatter’ signifies many facets. Personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia are related to this word. It has been repeated to denote the sound making of the brook while flowing on its story ways. Its murmuring sound over these paths is personified as chattering.

7.Q. f) ‘With many a curve my bank I fret’-What does the poet mean by this statement ?

 Ans:- This line is an implication of rough sound making on the stony ways. By this statement the poet means that the water strikes angrily against the jutting part of the soil and sidewalls. The clash takes place as the brook takes curves. The water frets and fumes when it flows round a curve.

7.Q. G)  ‘I wind about, in and out ‘-What kind of picture does the line create in your mind?

Ans- A zigzag formation comes in visualization, when the line is gone through. It must be because of unfriendly land forms in the hills which compels the brook to take this formation in its flow. Water falls from a height and moves downwards to have rolling movement to come up again creating a ‘in and out ‘movement.

7.Q.h. Name the different things that can be found floating on the brook.

Ans- Different things that can be found floating on the brook are –Bubbles, and  foamy flake.Besides these, we get to see lusty trout, grayling  and pebbles move with the brook.

7.Q. I) What does the poet want to convey  by using the words  ‘steal’  and  ‘slide’.

Ans- These words suggest the dying swift quiet part of the brook. This is actually the last stage of a rivulet. In this stage a rivulet faces many obstructions is the form of wild bushes, trees, stones etc. the brook slips and slides while passing by these hindrances in its flow.

7. Q. j) The poem has many examples of alliterations. Give at least five examples.
Ans- Indeed, the poem is adorned with alliterations.
The examples are –

1.      sudden sally 
2.      twenty thorpes
3.       fairy foreland
4.      With willow-weed
5.       foamy flake

7.Q.k) ‘I make the netted sunbeam dance ‘ What does the  ‘ netted sunbeam’ mean ? How does it dance?

Ans- The brook’s advancing rolling waves across it build a netted structure in the shallow water. When the sunbeams emulate on the trembling rolling waves, it ostensibly seems to us to be dancing.

7.Q.l)  What is the refrain in the poem? What effect does it create?

Ans- The refrain “for ………../But I …………….ever” hints at a single idea of the poem. It strongly supports the permanency of the brook and the ephemeral state of the human life. A brook will move on its way spontaneously whereas man will succumb to death.  The refrain acts as the bottom line to the poem.

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