2.1 Cherry Tree – Activity 2

I went away next year-

Spent a season in Kashmir-

Came back thinner, rather poor,

But richer by a cherry tree at my door.

Six feet high my own dark cherry,

And I could scarcely believe it-a berry.

Ripened and jeweled in the sun,

Hung from a branch-just one!

And next year there were blossoms small

Pink, fragile, quick to fall

At the merest breath, the sleepiest breeze….


I lay on the grass, at ease,

Looking up through leaves at the blue

Blind sky, at the finches as they flew

And flitted through the dappled green.

While bees in an ecstasy drank

Of nectar from each bloom and the sun sank

Swiftly, and the stars turned in the sky,

And moon-moths and singing crickets and I

That small, the cherry, grown by me.

A1] Global Understanding : [2]

State whether the following statements are true or false.

1. The poet left for Kathmandu to spend a season.

2. The poet made minute observations of the steady growth of his cherry tree.

3. The cherry tree had grown eight feet tall.

4. The cherry tree became a home for birds and insects.

A2] Inference/Interpretation [2]

Complete the table showing how the poet has used different colours to describe the different elements in the extract.

1. Cherry treedark

A3] Personal Response                                            [2]

What different things will you do to attract the birds and insects to visit your home surrounding?

A4] Poetic Devices  [2]

“And moon-moths and singing crickets and I….”

Name the figure of speech in the above line & write another example of the same from the extract.

A5] Poetic Creativity [2]

Rewrite the first two lines of the following stanza to get the rhyme scheme aabb

I went away next year

Spent a season in Kashmir

Came back thinner, rather poor

But richer by a cherry tree at my door


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