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Tamilnadu Samacheer Kalvi 7th English Solutions Term 3 Poem Chapter 2 Courage
Read And Understand
A. Answer the following questions.
Can courage be developed suddenly? Why?
No, courage cannot be developed suddenly, because it is something, deep-rooted in the soul of a man.
When should we have courage?
All those who make great efforts towards a goal, should have courage.
Give an example for dazzling light.
‘Fire fly’ is an example for dazzling light.
Can a courageous man be defeated? Why?
No, a courageous man cannot be defeated. This is so because a brave man can never be freed of it.
What is the ‘breath of life’?
Courage is the’breath of life’.
What are the characteristics of a courageous man?
Patience and strength are the characteristics of a courageous man.
B. Read the following lines and answer the questions.
It isn’t an instantaneous thing
Born of despair with a sudden spring
(a) What does ‘it’ refer to?
‘It’ refers to ‘courage’.
(b) What does ‘born of despair mean’?
‘Born of despair’ means ‘born of hopelessness’.
It’s a slow, unwavering, ingrained trait
With the patience to work and the strength to wait.
(a) What is an ‘ingrained trait’?
Courage is an ‘ingrained trait’.
(b) Why does a courageous man need patience?
A courageous man needs patience because courage is a slow, steady and firm quality.
It’s part of his hours, his days and his years,
Back of his smiles and behind his tears.
(a) What does ‘tears’ mean?
‘Tears’ means ‘sorrow’.
(Rhyme Scheme: A rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhyming words at the end of each line of a poem or song. It is usually referred to by using letters to indicate which lines rhyme; lines designated with the same sound rhyme with each other.)
C. Work in pairs and answer the following.
Pick out the alliterated words.
- Daring – deed
- thing – that
- no – need
- sudden – spring
- something – soul
- serve – some
- thing – that
- can – call
- he – have
- who – would
- no – need
- can – come
- may – meet
- his – hours
Pick out the rhyming words.
- Dash – flash
- thing – spring
- hope – rope
- man – plan
- resort – sport
- call – fall
- not – hot
- goal – soul
- light – sight
- trait – wait
- blue – do
- show – go
- defeat – meet
- years – tears
- deed – creed
Write the rhyme scheme of the poem.
The rhyming scheme of the poem is ‘a a b b’.
Bio – Poem
A Bio – Poem is an essay about oneself in the form of poetry.
D. Work in small groups. Pick out the adjectives and nouns that suit you using a dictionary. Read the steps given. Arrange adjectives and nouns like the given sample to construct your Bio-Poem. Present in the class.
Strict, smart, active and friendly,
Daughter of Lazaro, sister of Francis
Lover of sports, music and reading.
Who feels enthusiastic, merry and comfortable
Who needs peace, health and prosperity
Who gives courage, money and guidance
Who fears cockroaches, spiders and lizards
Who would like to see the Himalayas, Kashmir and Europe
Lives in Australia
E. Collect all the poems. Compile an Anthology of BioPoems of Class VII.
Activity to be done by the Students.
Courage Additional Questions
I. Poem Comprehension.
Courage isn’t a brilliant dash,
A daring deed in a moments flash;
(a) Which is a daring deed?
Courage is a daring deed.
(b) What is a deed?
A deed is an act.
For who would strive for a distant goal
Must always have courage within his soul.
(a) Who must have courage?
The one who wants to make great effort in life, should have courage.
(b) What is a ‘goal’ here?
A goal is a challenge or aim in life.
It’s part of a man when his skies are blue,
It’s part of him when he has work to do.
What do you mean by the phrase ‘his skies are blue’?
It means enthusiastic or in a happy state.
II. Poetic Devices.
Born of despair with a sudden spring
Pick out the alliterated words,
sudden – spring are the alliterated words.
it isn’t a creature of flickered hope
Or the final tug at a slipping rope;
But it’s something deep in the soul of man
That is working always to serve some plan.
(a) What are the rhyming words?
hope – rope; man – plan are the rhyming words.
(b) What is the rhyming scheme?
The rhyming scheme is ‘a a b b’
III. Short Questions and Answers.
What do you mean by the word ‘flickered’?
‘Flickered’ means shone unsteadily.
What was courage never designed for?
It was never designed for show.
Where is courage written?
Courage is written in victory and defeat.
What is more than a daring deed? .
Courage is more than a daring deed.
What do you mean by the word ‘creed ?
‘Creed’ means faith in oneself.
IV. Paragraph Question with Answer.
How is courage a daring deed?
Courage is a daring act of a person. It is not like lightning that flashes and goes off. It is not born of hopelessness and with a sudden spring. It shines steadily and is always long-lasting. The courage always drops in and reflects itself, when the person is facing a tough time. One who wants to win a goal need to have courage. Courage is displayed in every victory and defeat. It is more than a brave deed, as it is the breath of life and the faith of a strong man.
Look at the ‘Face It’ chart. Discuss in small groups and tell how to face those situations.
When we don’t win in the sports competitions or in any other field, we have to face it boldly with courage. We should be bold enough to accept the failures or defeats. We should always try to win the next game or competition with confidence.
We must be courageous in facing all our endeavours. This attitude will help us to face anything boldly.
Edgar Albert Guest elaborates that courage is temporary and not a mere flash of reflection. It is not like lightning that flashes and goes off. He explains that courage is long-lasting and always remains. It leaves a deep and lasting impression. It always works in the background and keeps reflecting itself. It stays with the person in every moment, situation and throughout life in one way or the other. It holds back the person, whether he calls for it or not. The courage always drops in and reflects itself, when the person is facing a tough time. As it slips down, the situations go against the run. The poet says one who wants to win has to explore misfortune, failures and mishaps.
The poet emphasizes how one needs to take any sort of failures positively. One should hold on to courage in the tough times. One has to face and suffer the dark during the negative days in life and has to bear the unfortunate losses. The true time to test one’s courage is when one is facing a rough time. It is displayed in every victory and defeat. It is there in every challenge, a man may meet. It is more than a daring act. It is the breath of life and faith of a story man.