Sunday, February 12, 2012

English poem - Tree - Reading and answering question

POEM
TREE
Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird’s throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.
Who doth ambition shun,
And loves to live i’ the sun,
Seeking the food he eats,
And pleased with what he gets,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.
                                                       - W Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is a great playwright and poet. He has written a number of plays and poems. He has also written 154 sonnets. Here, in this poem, he invites us to be friendly with Nature where there is always joy and harmony and no enmity. This is taken from the play ‘As You Like It’.
Glossary
greenwood /'gri:nwUd / - an area abounding in trees
note /n@Ut / - tune
hither /'hID@ / - here
ambition /{m'bISn / - strong desire

Answer the following
1. Where does the poet invite us?
2. What shall one see in the world of Nature?
3. What should one keep away from to become one with Nature?
4. Does the poet live in the greenwood?

II. Pick out the words that rhyme with :
e.g. tree - me
      note -
      shun -
III. What is the theme of the song?

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