2.1 Song of the open road – Activity 1

Read the following extract & complete the activities given below.  [10]

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,

Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,

Strong and content I travel the open road.

The earth, that is sufficient,

I do not want the constellations any nearer,

I know they are very well where they are,

I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,

I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,

I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,

A1] Global Understanding[2]

State whether the following statements are true or false.

1. The Poet is doubtful and wants more than he had while traveling.

2. The World before the poet is healthy .

3. The Poet is optimistic and he likes to fill the life of people with joy and hope.

4. The Poet is ready to forget the old memories.

A2] Inference/Interpretation[2]

The Poet does not ask for good fortune because……………….

A3] Personal Response[2]

Narrate any memorable incident from your life. 

A4] Poetic Devices[2]

Name and explain the figure of speech in the following lines-

1. “I carry my old delicious burdens”

2.  “Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road”

A5] Poetic Creativity[2]

Write four to six lines of free verse on the topic ‘My road to success’ 

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