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PIPING DOWN THE VALLEYS WILD - Class 6 First Language English Textbook Solutions

1.) Read the following questions and tell the answers to your partner. Sometimes you will have to give reasons for what you say. Write down what you say.

a.) In the first two stanzas of the poem you see two people. Who are they? Are they happy or sad? How can you say?
Answer: The two people are the child in the cloud and the piper. Both are happy. The piper is playing songs happily and the child is asking the piper to play happy songs.
b.) The child saw the piper first. (True/not true). How do you know? Is the child a boy or a girl?
Answer: True. There is no mention whether the child is a boy or a girl.
c.) The child had heard the piper piping below. (True/not true)
Answer: True
d.) Why did the piper pipe with merry cheer?
Answer: The child asked the piper to pipe a song about the lamb so the piper pipe with the merry cheer.
e.) The child liked the song the piper piped. (True/not true)
Answer: True
f.) “And I wrote my happy songs,” says the poet. What did he wish to happen?
Answer:  The poet wished that every child read his happy poem.
g.) We have enjoyed this poem, haven’t we? Give reasons for your answer.
Answer: Yes, we have enjoyed this poem. There is presence of happiness and positivity in the poem.
h.) There are two incidents that can happen only in someone’s dream. Skim the poem and find them.

Answer: The first is of the child on the cloud and the second is the act of writing poems with water.
i.) Why does only the child speak to the piper, not the piper to the child?
Answer: The piper is busy piping the songs so he is not talking to the child, he is just listening to him.
j.) The child hears the piper piping and the piper, the child speaking (True/not true)
Answer: True
k.) Does the poet praise the quality of innocence? Skim the poem and find two symbols of innocence.
Answer: “Piper, pipe that song again:”  So I piped: he wept to hear. And I stained the water clear,
Writing :
Work with your partner and do the exercise given below.

This poem is an expression of simple joys of life. It is a celebration of innocence. It has a dream-like quality. You will see two incidents that can happen only in someone’s dream. There is joyous activity here. A piper catches the fancy of a child. The child goes on asking him to do things one after the other. He does them,good-humouredly.

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