|Subject||English Beehive (poem)|
Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow each :
I Wind, come softly.
Don’t break the shutters of the windows.
Don’t scatter the papers.
Don’t throw down the books on the shelf.
There, look what you did – you threw them all down.
You tore the pages of the books.
You brought rain again. (page 30)
II. You’re very clever at poking fun at weaklings.
Frail crumbling houses, crumbling doors, crumbling rafters,
crumbling wood, crumbling bodies, crumbling lives,
crumbling hearts –
the wind god winnows and crushes them all. (page 30)
III. He won’t do what you tell him.
So, come, let’s build strong homes,
Let’s joint the doors firmly.
Practise to firm the body.
Make the heart steadfast.
Do this, and the wind will be friends with us. (Page 30) (M. Imp.)
IV. The wind blows out weak fires.
He makes strong fires roar and flourish.
His friendship is good.
We praise him every day. (Page 30) (Imp.)
Thinking About the Poem
1. The wind breaks the shutters of the windows. It scatters the papers here and there. It throws down the books down the shelf. It tears the pages of the books.
2. Yes, I have seen people winnowing. We use ‘separate’ for winnowing. In our language, it is ‘बरसाना’ People use stands, fans and the grain mixed with chaff for winnowing. When the fans blow air, the grain and chaff get separated. This process is called ‘winnowing’.
3. The wind god winnows homes, doors, rafters, wood, bodies, lives and hearts.
4. We should build strong homes and join the doors firmly. We should firm the body and make the heart strong. By doing so we shall make friends with the wind.
5. The last four lines mean that the wind troubles weak people. But he gives strength to those who are strong. So we should be strong in every way.
6. The poet speaks to the wind with humour. I have seen and heard the wind troubling lives. My response is like that of the poet. The poet indirectly challenges the wind to trouble him. It means he is not weaker than the wind.
II. 1. The poem you have just read is originally in the Tamil. Do you know any such poems in your language ?
1. I do not know any such poems in Hindi. But in English there is such a poem. It is, ‘Ode To The West Wind’ by P.B. Shelley. It describes the power of the West Wind.
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