ABOUT THE POET
· Eleanor Farjeon
· Born – 13 February 1881 London, England, U.K.
· Died – 5 June 1965 Hampstead, England.
· He is even known as Tomfool, Merry Andrew, Chimaera. He is understood as children’s literature.
· Notable works.
i) Morning has Broken (1957)
ii) Gypsy and Ginger (1920)
iii) The little Bookroom (1955)
· Awards - i) Carregie Medal (1955)
ii) Hans Christian Anderson Award(1056)
I quarrelled with my brother
I don’t know what about,
One thing led to another
And somehow we fell out.
The start of it was slight,
The end of it was strong,
He said he was right,
I knew he was wrong!
We hated one another.
The afternoon turned black.
Then suddenly my brother
Thumped me on the back,
And said, “Oh, come along!
We can’t go on all night—
I was in the wrong.”
So he was in the right.
STANZA – 1 (ONE)
The poet quarrelled with her brother. She is not sure what the reason of the quarrel was about. From one thing to other the quarrel started and the quarrelled to the utmost. When the quarrel started it was slight but when it ended it was very violent and strong. According to the poet, her brother demanded himself to be right but she knew that he was wrong.
After the quarrel, they started to hate each other and the afternoon turned out to be black one. Then her brother took the initiative to assuage the quarrel. He thumped on the back of her and said that he was wrong and they should not go on fighting anymore. And thus he did the right work at last.
TEXT BOOK ANSWERS AND SOLUTIONS
Working with the poem
Page – 40
1. With your partner try to guess the meaning of the underlined phrases.
i) And somehow we fell out.
Ans- Fell out – to succumb to temptation or sin.
ii) The afternoon turned black.
Ans- changed into a sad and pessimistic one.
2. Read these lines from the poem
i) One thing led to another.
ii) The start of it was slight.
iii) The end of it was strong.
iv) The afternoon turned black
v) Thumped me on the back.
Discuss with your partner what these lines mean.
Ans: i) Quarrel went on from one topic to the other
ii) The beginning of the quarrel was very slight.
iii) The quarrel ended in harshness.
iv) The total afternoon became bad and sad.
v) Patted on the back.
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