Monday, 25 November 2013



·         NAME – Edward Lear.

·         Born – 12 May 1812, Middlesex, England.

·         Died – 29 January, 1888, Liguria, Italy.

·         He is famous for his literary Nonsense and lime ricks.

·         He was an artist, illustrator writer and a poet.

·         Notable works -         i) The scroobious Pip

ii) Nonsense Alphabets

                                                iii) Book of Nonsense (1846)

                                                iv) Laughable Lyrics (1877)


            The Duck and the Kangaroo, both were very good friends. As the duck lived in a pond and does not get a variegated life of visiting world, he wanted to have a pleasure tour all around the world. So he requested the kangaroo to allow him to sit on the top of his tail and have a pleasure tour. The kangaroo accepted the wish, but at the same time put some conditions too. According to him the duck’s feet were unpleasantly wet and cold. This may cause with rheumatism. At this the Duck assured him with the remedies he thought about. According to him he has already bought four pairs of woolen socks to put on. Besides he has bought a cloak to cover himself and he will smoke cigar too. In this way both the duck and the kangaroo started their tour and continued their happy journey.


·         The poem ‘The Duck and The Kangaroo is a poem of 32 lines divided into 4 eight line stanzas.

·         They rhyme scheme of the poem is – ABABCCDD.

·         The poem has various poetic devices –

a)      Inversion – i) “Said the duck to the kangaroo”

                        ii) “As if you never would stop”.

b) Antithesis -            i) “over the fields and water too”

c) Tautology- i) “Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold”.

d) Anaphora   i)  “And to keep out the cold I ‘have bought a cloak”.
                               And everyday a cigar I shall smoke”.

e) Alliteration-i) “Good gracious”.

                        ii) “One objection”.


Working with the poem

Q.3.     The Kangaroo does not want to rheumatism. Spot this word in stanza 3 and say why it is spelt differently. Why is it in two parts? Why does the second part begin with a capital letter?

Ans:-    ‘roo – matiz’ – this has been put in two parts for the sake of rhyme scheme. To match with the sound force of ‘Kangaroo’, this has been divided.

            The second part ‘matiz’ purely talks about the disease ‘rheumatism; and is made capital. Besides this is even the beginning of a  line of a poem which must start with capital letter.

Q.4.     Do you find the poem humorous? Read aloud the lines that make you laugh.

Ans.     Indeed, the poem is humorous. The poem is filled humorous conversation and ludicrous thoughts.

The lines which make me laugh are –

a)      “And everyday a cigar I shall smoke”.

ii) “And would probably give me roo-matiz”.

iii) “My life is a bore in this nasty pond.” 


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