Saturday, June 30, 2018

Class 8th - English : Poem 5 - The Brook (Alfred Tennyson)

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The Brook | Poem 5 |English 8th | Tulip Series |
(Alfred Tennyson)


Q1. Who is “I” referred to as in the poem?

Ans. “I” in the poem is referred to as “The Brook”. Although the writer of the poem is Alfred Tennyson. But he has made the brook as the speaker of the poem.

Q2. Trace the journey of the brook.

Ans. The journey of the brook starts from the haunts of coot and hern, then it runs down to villages and town through hundreds of bridges and at last reach Philips farmland to join the river.

Q3. Explain the following lines:

            “For men may come and men may go

            But I go on forever.”

What purpose do these lines serve?

Ans. These lines have been taken from the poem “The Brook” written by Alfred Tennyson. The brook is the speaker in the poem. These lines serve in two ways;

In one way, the speaker says that the man is mortal and dies at last, and his journey ends at his death, but it still keeps on running.

In the second sense, we can say that the men come to see it, take the taste of it and go home but it still remains there to make its journey.

Q4. Alliteration is the repetition of the initial consonant sounds in verse such as “I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance”. Pick out more examples of alliteration from the poem.

Ans. I chatter, I flow, and here, and there, are some more alliteration used in the poem.

Q5. Can the journey of the brook, be compared to human life? How?

Ans. The journey of the brook can be compared to human life. In the poem, the journey of the brook passes through different stages, and on the other hand, human life also passes through different stages, that is, infancy, adulthood age, and old age.


1. Some sound images used in the poem areas:

Sparkle, bicker, chatter, babble, babble, murmur, etc.,

2. Some of Visual Images used in the poem areas:

Haunts, sally, fern, hills, ridges, thorps (villages), bridges, mallow (wild plant), foamy flake, moon, and stars, etc.

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