The Poem Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share The Poem Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by Amy Lowell. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of A Polar Explorer, The Old Brown Horse and The Echoing Green so, make sure to check these posts as well.

The Poem Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Closet – a large cabinet or area, like a cupboard, for storage
  • Shrivel – shrink and wither
  • Hither and thither – here and there
  • Thrust – push

Question 1: What is needed for the twig to become healthy and strong?

Answer: The twig should be planted, watered, and set where the Sun will be above it, to become healthy and strong.

Question 2: In what ways will the twig develop if it is cared for?

Answer: If cared for, the twig will develop into a tall bush with many flowers and sparkling leaves.

Question 3: What is a closet and what might be found there?

Answer: A closet is a large cabinet or area like a cupboard, for storage. In it there may be odds and ends such as a mousetrap and blunted tools.

Question 4: Is the closet mentioned in the poem used much? How do we know?

Answer: The closet is not used much; there are mousetraps in it (a mousetrap is not used very often), and the tools are blunt (again, showing that they are seldom used).

Question 5: Will the twig grow in a closet?

Answer: The twig will not grow in a closet, because it is too dark and there is little fresh air inside.

Question 6: What is the twig compared to in the second stanza?

Answer: The twig is compared to an old, twisted nail.

Question 7: Do you think the poet has a message for the reader?

Answer: The poet gives the message to look after and encourage something, even if it is small and appears useless. The poet is also telling us to nurture and look after young living things, for example – children and by doing so they will blossom into wonderful beings. If children are neglected and uncared for, they will not reach their full potential.

Question 8: Explain the meaning of the following in your own words:

(a) it is only a little twig

Answer: It is nothing more; it appears insignificant

(b) and set it where the sun will

Answer: And plant it (place it) where the Sun will…

(c) thrust hither and thither

Answer: grow (sprout) vigorously and healthily all over the place.

(d) recover themselves

Answer: regain their upright posture

(e) clash one upon another

Answer: brush against, collide with each other

So, these were the Questions & Answers.

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