A. Read the following extracts and answer the questions.
1. “I come from the haunts of coot and hern; (3)
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern
To bicker down a valley.”
a) How does the brook start?
b) Give the rhyming scheme of the stanza.
c) Write down a poetic device used in line 2.
2. “With many a curve my banks I fret (3)
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow – weed and mallow,”
a) How does the brook make bubble?
b) Give an example of alliteration from the above lines.
c) What do you understand by ‘mallow’?
3. “And draw them all along, and flow (3)
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever”.
a) What do you understand b y ‘them’?
b) Write in brief the meaning of the refrain,
c) Who is the poet of the poem?
B. Answer the following questions in about 30 – 40 words.(10)
1) Establish ‘The Brook’ to be a nature poem.
2) Write down the places the brook passes by?
3) Acquaint us with the theme of the poem.
4) ‘Onomatopoeia’ has been one of the prime poetic device to refer the activities of the brook. – Explain
5) Name birds and three plants used by the poet in ‘The Brook’.