NCERT (CBSE) Textbook

Important Exercise Questions

Q.5: The poetry of earth continues round the year through a cycle of two seasons. Mention each with its representative voice.

Ans: The poetry of earth continues round the years through the summer and the winter. In summer, the grasshopper’s voice represents the poetry of the earth. While in winter the cricket’s song represents the poetry of the earth.

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Stanzas

Q.1: “The poetry of earth is . . . . . . new-mown mead”

a. What does the poet mean by the poetry of the earth?

b. What happens to the bird when it is very hot?

c. Which voice the poet is referring?

Ans:

a. By the poetry of the earth, the poet means the different sounds of birds, insects and other creatureswhich reaxh the human ear.

b. When it is very hot, the birds stop chirping. They hide in cool trees.

c. The poet is referring to the voice of a grasshopper.

Q.2: “The poetry of the . . . . . . .. . . . . . warmth increasing ever.”

a. What is the poetry of the earth?

b. How does the poet describe a winter evening?

c. Where and how does a cricket sing?

Ans:

a. The sound made by birds and other creatures is the poetry of the earth.

b. The poet describes a winter evening as cold and lonesome.

c. The cricket sings from a stone. It makes a shrill and unpleasant sound. However to a poet like Keats, it is a music and poetry.

Additional Questions

Q.1: What is the theme of the poem ‘On the Grasshopper and Cricket’?

Ans: The theme of the poem ‘On the Grasshopper and Cricket’ is that the nature is also happy. Nature is never sad. It is always singing. Its poetry is sometimes heard through birds and sometimes through other creatures. The grasshopper sings in summer and the cricket sings in winter.