The Tide Rises The Tide Falls Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share The Tide Rises The Tide Falls Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of Cat, The Secret of Seaview Cottage and Meet Tom Sawyer so, you can check these posts as well.

The Tide Rises The Tide Falls Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Twilight – onset of darkness at the end of day
  • Curlew – hunted bird
  • Hastens – speed something/hurry
  • Tide – flow/current
  • Efface – erase
  • Hostler – stable attendant/servant
  • Neigh – whinny
  • Stamp – impression/seal/symbol
  • Steed – equine species

Question 1: What time of day is it in each stanza?

Answer: In the first stanza, it is dusk or evening in the second, it is night; and in the third, it is morning.

Question 2: Where is the traveller going?

Answer: The traveller is going to the town.

Question 3: Which verb describes the traveller’s movement; what idea does it create?

Answer: Hastens describes the traveller’s movement. It gives the idea that the traveller is in a hurry.

Question 4: What human attributes does the sea have and what does it do with them?

Answer: The sea, like human beings, faces both the ups and downs of life (rise and fall of tides) and continues to move on.

Question 5: Which parts of the poem seem old-fashioned to you?

Answer: The calling of the curlews in the first stanza to announce the end of the day, and the steeds in their gates getting ready to thrust forward new travellers upon them seem to be a little old fashioned.

Question 6: Which parts of the final stanza could symbolize the start of a working day?

Answer: The hostler calls, the morning breaks.

Question 7: In what way are the cycles of time and tide constant (and keep going)?

Answer: The cycle of time never stops. It keeps on moving. Similarly, the tides in the sea are eternal. They never stop.

Question 8: Read the lines and answer the questions:

1. Along the sea-sands damp and brown

(a) Which living things are on or near the sea-sands?

Answer: The curlew and the traveller.

(b) What are they doing?

Answer: The curlew is calling and the traveller is hastening to the town.

(c) What happens to all living things?

Answer: All living things die one day.

(d) Why do you think the poet uses the word sea-sands rather than beach?

Answer: The poet uses the words sea sands instead of beach to create a subdued tone where the tide washes away the footprints of the traveller on the sand.

2. ……but nevermore
Returns the traveller to the shore,

(a) What does return to the shore?

Answer: The traveller returns to the shore.

(b) Will anyone know that the traveller was there? Why/why not?

Answer: No one will ever know that the traveller was there because the tide would have washed away his footprints.

(c) What do you think has happened to the traveller?

Answer: The traveller has died.

Question 9: What impact or effect does the repetition of the title of the poem create?

Answer: It creates the effect that the cycle of nature is eternal. The tides may rise and fall but it is a continuous and never-ending process.

Question 10: What is the rhyme scheme of the poem? What do you notice about the use of repetition at the end of the lines?

Answer: aabba. It emphasises on the theme of the poem that nature is eternal.

Question 11: Which words, other than those in the title, are repeated in the poem? What significance do they have?

Answer: Calls and sea. The words signify signs of life everywhere.

So, these were The Tide Rises The Tide Falls Questions & Answers.

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