NCERT Solutions for Class 9th: Ch 6 The Brook Literature Reader English
Bicker, Chatter, Babble
6. On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions by ticking the correct choice.
(i) the life of a man
(i) the brook is a source of life
7. Answer the following questions.
The brook sparkles because of the sun’s rays which shine on its water. The sudden emergence or rush of the brook is shown to be in a sparkling motion.
‘Bicker’ means a noisy discussion or an argument. The poet uses the word ‘bicker’ to describe the noisy flow of the brook as it flows through the valley as it sounds like quarrel.
The brook passes thirty hills and fifty bridges during its journey.
The brook finally meets the river near Phillip’s farm.
The word ‘chatter’ has been repeated in the poem because it represents the sound frequently made by the flowing brook. It seems that the brook talks about its journey that it has travelled throughout in a lively mood.
The brook becomes tired occasionally as it has to curve and move round and round, again and again.
Five examples of alliteration in the poem are:
‘Field and fallow’
The sunrays filtering through the leaves and bushes make a net-like pattern on shallow water-pools. They are reflected on the surface of water and appear to be dancing as the water flows.
In the referred poem, the refrain is:
‘For men may come and men may go
But I go on for ever.’
The repetition of the refrain emphasises the transitory nature of man and the eternal nature of the brook.
8. Read the given lines and answer the questions
I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.
(a) ‘I’ refers to the brook in the given lines.
(b) The brook chatters by flowing over the pebbles making a lot of meaningless noise.
(c) ‘Brimming’ means full to the brim or top. It creates an impression on our mind of the picture of a big river in flood.
The rhyme scheme is ab ab cd cd .....
The first vivid image created by the poet is that
of the brook flowing through hills and valleys, under the
bridges and by the villages.
By thirty hills I hurry down
Or slip between the ridges
By twenty thorpes, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.
The second striking image is that of serpent. Like flow of the brook, with flowers and fish floating on it. This image is most appealing because it is apt, colourful and poetic.
The brook appears to be a symbol for life, which becomes the central theme of the poem. Various instances that can be seen in the poem which draw parallel between brook and life.
The brook is a small stream that is born in somemountain. It grows bigger and stronger in the course of its
journey. It makes so many types of sounds as it flows through the pebbles. Its movements are also varied. It slips and slides; it steals and winds its curves and flows. It chatters and babbles, it makes musical as well as harsh sounds. The brook’s birth and growth, chattering and babbling are very much similar to the activities of a human being. The brook represents life in general. Both have an origin, a middle stage and an end. Both struggle against various adversities, odds and keep moving towards their goal. Above all, the brook represents life. Men may come and men may go, but life goes on forever. The same rule applies in the case of the brook. It keeps flowing eternally, like life.
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