Friday, 4 October 2019

True Growth


                                        True Growth

Comprehension and Appreciation of the Poem
I. Below is given the central idea of the poem. Choose a suitable word from the box to fill in each blank:
This poem has deep a meaning. In it the poet says that a short life
Of beauty and perfection far better than a long but useless life. An
oak lives for three hundred years. At last it falls down as a leafless
and useless log of wood. On the other hand, a lily lives only for a day.
It has a very short life. But it lives a life of perfection. It gives joy to the
 beholder. The poet says that the short life of a lily is far better
 than the long life of an oak. Life can be perfect and beautiful in short
 measures also.

I.                   Explain the meaning of the last two lines of the poem.
Ans. The last two lines means that even a short life can be perfect and beautiful. Perfection does not lie in long life but a useful life.

II.                 Find in the poem all the rhyming pairs of words, as – tree and be.
Ans.  (a) years= sere                                  (b) day= may
                 © night= light                                 (d) see= be

IV. Write true (T) or false (F) against each statement:

1. To be perfect, one must have a long life.                                        False

2. An oak tree lives for three hundred years.                                      True

3. Mere long life does not make a man great.                                     True

4. Real beauty can’t be seen in small sized objects.                            False

5. It is the quality of life that matters, not the length of life.              True