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Monday, March 9, 2009

LESSON 21 P1 --- Daffodils (poem)


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Daffodils
I wandered lonely as a cloud,
That floats on high O'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze,
Continuous as the stars that shine,
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never ending line,
Along the margin of a bay,
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance,
The waves beside them danced; but they outdid
The sparkling waves in glee,
A poet could not but he gay,
In such a jocund company,
I gazed and gazed but little thought,
What wealth the show to me had brought,
For oft when on my couch I lie,
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye,
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
(William Wordsworth)
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Notes:
William Wordsworth was a poet of nature. Most of his poems describe his personal experience with nature. In this poem the poet describes a pleasant experience of his life. During a walk alone in the countryside, he came across a long un-ending line of blooming daffodils along the side of a lake. The flowers were dancing in the cool breeze. The waves in the lake also seemed to be dancing happily with the daffodils, but the beauty of daffodils was more charming than the shimmering waves in the lake. The poet was delighted to see this beautiful sight.
He says that the beauty of this scene has been preserved in his memory. The memory of this scene provides him with a pleasant pleasure whenever he remembers it and drives away loneliness from him. His heart is filled with pleasure, and he feels that he is in the company of happy and joyful daffodils.
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EXERCISES
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Q:1 Choose the correct answer.
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i) Who wandered lonely as a cloud? (I, you, the poet)
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ii) The poet saw a crown of: (people, children, daffodils)
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iii) Where were the daffodils fluttering and dancing? (beside the lake, beneath the trees, on the mountain, down the hill)
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iv) Stars ____ in the sky. (dance, flutter, shine)
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v) Solitude means: (without company, with many people around, with family)
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vi) Daffodils are: (vegetables, fruit, flowers)
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vii) Wave means: (to move up and down or to and fro, to go round and round, to go in a straight line)
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viii) The poet's heart was filled with ___ at the sight o f the daffodils. (pleasure, displeasure, leisure)
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Q:2 Describe a beautiful scene of nature from your personal experience.
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Ans: Nature is full of beautiful sights. One of these sights is the rising sun. In the early morning the eastern heavens shed their darkness and begin to put on different colours one after the other, from grey to red, then orange and finally white. It is a sight worth enjoying. The sun rises in the east but when we look westwards the whole land is bright.
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Q:3 Prepare a list of all the rhyming words in the poem (Examples: cloud, crowd, trees, breeze)
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Ans: (Cloud, crowd) (Hills, daffodils) ("Trees, breeze) (Shine, line) (Way, bay) (Glance, dance) (Thought, brought) (Lie, eye) (Mood, solitude) (Fills, daffodils)
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Q:4 Make a list of all the adjectives used in the poem.
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Ans: the following adjectives has been used in this poem.
Golden, Sprightly, Jocund, Vacant, Pensive, Milky, Sparkling, Inward, Lonely, High, Continuous, Never ending, Little.
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Q:5 Write 'T' for true statement and 'F' for false statement.
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i) The poet wandered lonely as a star. .................... F
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ii) The cloud floats over the hills. ............................... T
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iii) Daffodils were fluttering in the play ground. ...... F
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iv) The milky way is a way made of milk. ................ F
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v) He saw ten thousand flowers in a day. ................. F
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vi) The poet feels happy on seeing the beauty of the scene. ............... T
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Q:6 Use the following words in sentences of your own.
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Wonder
The poet was wandering alone on the bank of a river.
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Float
The sound of laughter floated across the water.
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Beneath
Beneath his veneer of politeness lay hostility.
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Stretch
The sleeves of this sweater have stretched.
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Sparkling
The sparkling light of stars adds to the beauty of sky.
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