Class-8 Poem-6.The Duck and the Kangaroo

The Duck and the Kangaroo

Edward Lear

Working with Poem(Page No:
99)

 

1. Taking
words that come at the end of lines, write five pairs of rhyming words. Read
each pair aloud
For example, pond – beyond

Answer– Five pairs of rhyming words are as follows:
(i)      Hop − stop
(ii)     Back − Quack
(iii)    Duck − luck
(iv)    Reflection − objection
(v)     Bold – cold

2. Complete the dialogue.

Duck: Dear Kangaroo! Why don’t you ____________________________
Kangaroo: With pleasure, my dear Duck,
though _____________________
Duck: That won’t be a problem. I will ____________________________

Answer

Duck: Dear Kangaroo! Why don’t you give let me have a ride on your back?
Kangaroo: With pleasure, my dear Duck, though your feet are terribly wet and
cold and I may get rheumatism.

Duck: That won’t be a problem. I will wear worsted socks and cloak and smoke
a cigar every day to keep away the cold.


3. The Kangaroo does not want to catch ‘rheumatism’. Spot this word in stanza 3
and say why it is spelt differently. Why is it in two parts? Why does the
second part begin with a capital letter?
Answer– The word ‘rheumatism’ is spelt differently and is in
two parts so that it can make a proper rhyme with the word ‘kangaroo’ in the
following line. As a result of splitting the word into two and changing its
spelling, ‘roo’ rhymes with ‘kangaroo’. The second part ‘Matiz’ begins with a
capital letter because it is the first word of the line. In a poem, every line
begins with a capital letter.

 

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