Meadow Surprises (Poem)
By Lois Brandt Philips
Working with the Poem(Page No: 124)
1. Read the lines in which the following phrases occur. Then discuss with your partner the meaning of each phrase in its context.
(i) velvet grass
(ii) drinking straws
(iii) meadow houses
(iv) amazing mound
(v) fuzzy head
(i) Velvet grass – the grass which is as soft as velvet.
(ii) drinking straws – The long narrow tube by which butterfly gets nectar from the flower.
(iii) meadow houses – habitats or the home of animals like burrows in the ground, nests and ant’s mound.
(iv) fuzzy head – dandelion flowers which are covered by soft fibres like hair.
2. Which line in the poem suggests that you need a keen eye and a sharp ear to enjoy a meadow? Read aloud the stanza that contains this line.
Answer: The line in the poem suggests that you need a keen eye and a sharp ear to enjoy a meadow
“Oh! Meadows have surprises
And many things to tell;
You may discover these yourself,
If you look and listen well.”
3. Find pictures of the kinds of birds, insects and scenes mentioned in the poem.
Answer: Students should do this by themselves. They can collect the pics of butterfly, rabbit, ants, birds etc.
4. Watch a tree or a plant, or walk across a field or park at the same time every day for a week. Keep a diary of what you see and hear. At the end of the week, write a short paragraph or a poem about your experiences. Put your writing up on the class bulletin board.
Answer: Students should do this by themselves. However if further demanded by the readers of this website, our team will look at it.