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 : 
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 
Complete the table showing how the poet has used different colours to describe the different elements in the extract.
|1. Cherry tree||dark|
A3] Personal Response 
What different things will you do to attract the birds and insects to visit your home surrounding?
A4] Poetic Devices 
“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 
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