Friday, May 30, 2014

Or will the Dreamer Wake? - Glossary & Comprehension

plaintive (adj)    : sounds sad
snuffles(n)          : to breathe noisily through your nose
gleaming (adj)   : to shine softly
glaciers(n)           : a large mass of ice which moves slowly down a mountain valley
warbles (v)         : to sing with a high continuous but quickly changing sound
birth fills(n)         : the process of giving birth to a baby
solemn(adj)       : very serious and not happy Comprehension

Answer the following questions:
  1. Why does the poet say that these cubs could be the last ones ever to freely live and to roam and mate?
  2. 'She waits for all the life she's making'. What does the poet convey through this line?
  3. Why does the thrush weave her nest?
  4. 'The child could sing the final whale song,' says the poet. Why does she say so?
  5. The poet says 'This could be our last true moment' (last stanza). Is it true? In what way(s)?
  6. What do you think the poem is about?
  7. What does the grandchild in this poem symbolize?
  8. Who is the dreamer here? Who is being referred to?

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