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