AP State Syllabus 9th Class English Solutions Chapter 4B The River

I. Answer the following questions

1.Is the river like a child Why

ans:Yes, the river is like a child at the place of its birth. It dances and shines like a child at play

2.Why does the poet call it swelling river

ans:As the river progresses, other streams join it. It widens. It goes on expanding. Hence the poet calls it swelling river

3.Seeming still yet still in motion. What does the word still mean in either case

ans:till in the first place means motionless. It is an adjective. Still in the second place means even though. It is an adverb

4.How does the sea remind you of eternity

ans:The sea is almost endless. It is vast. It never dries up. Thus it reminds us of eternity

5.What do the river and the sea remind the poet of

ans:The river reminds the poet of the ages of man life. The sea reminds the poet of the immortality after death

II. Read the poem once again and list the words in the poem which show the movement of the river at various stages

ans:dancing, rush, sweeping, in motion, tending, dash

II. Now, read the last line of each stanza. What do these lines say about the river

ans:The last lines of the stazas tell us the stages of the river. They also compare the river to man in his various ages

III. What are the word pictures used in the poem How do they add to the beauty of the poem

ans:Little river, dancing, a child at play, by rose - banks; impetuous youth; mortal prime still in motion ... These word pictures create beautiful impressions in the minds of readers. Thus they add to the poem beauty

IV. Read the following comparisons: She skims like a bird.

Her face shines as the moon in the sky.

Pick out similar expressions from the poem The River. Say why the poet has made these comparisons. What would you compare them to


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1. Now, read the last line of each stanza. What do these lines say about the river

ans:The last line of the stazas tell us the stages of the river. They also compare the river to man in his various ages

2. Do the river and its movement suggest something eise to you

ans:Yes, the river and its movement suggest to me many things. They are; continuously moving time: gradual but endless progress in every area; man life through different ages

3. Attempt an appreciation of the poem comparing and contrasting your experience of a river with that of the poet

ans:The poet comparison between the river and the child at play is very impressive. But when I see the shining river glide through, I feel a dazzling snake creeping along. And whenever I see the river fall down from rocks I remember the jumping deer. As I see the brimming river the image of vast sky appears in my mind. But the poet comparisons refer to man ages and there is a continuity. That is because of the maturity and creativity of the poet

The River Summary in English

C.A. Bowles presents a graphic picture of a river course in her artistic poem "The River". The poet draws an interesting comparison between the river progress and man ages. The river at the beginning shines and dances like a child at play. Then it swells and runs fast and rash as an impulsive youth. In later stages, it is full and appears to be still. But, it is deep and moves on like man in his prime age. Finally, the river jumps into the sea and attains eternity along with the sea!

The River Glossary

sparkle (v) : shine pebbles (n - plural): small stones foliage (n): branches and leaves glancing (v+ ing): looking at quickly swelling (v + ing): expanding; increasing rush (v): move fast brawling (v + ing): noisily fighting one way impetuous (adj): rash, impulsive ; acting quickly brimming (v + ing): full still (adj): without movement still (adv): despite ; even though tending (v + ing): moving mortal prime: man in his important stage headlong (adj): moving with head in the lead dash (v): jump ; move eternity (n): immortaily

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