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Listening and Reading
1. I was angry with my friend
I told my wrath ‘my wrath did end.
a. Who does ‘I’ refer to?
b. How did the anger of the poet come to an end?
c. Write a synonym for ‘wrath’.
2. And I watered it in fears
Night and morning with my tears;
a. What does ‘it’ refer to?
b. How is ‘it’ watered?
3. In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree
a. How did the poet feel in the morning?
b. Who is the ‘foe’ referred to here?
c. Why was the ‘foe’ found lying outstretched beneath the tree?
4. And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
a. Who does ‘it’ refer to?
b. What does ‘apple’ signify?
c. What grew both day and night?
Once the poet was angry with his friend. He expressed his (i) ________________ and it ended. They became friendly but when he grew angry with his foe, he (ii) _______________ it and allowed his anger to grow. Day and night he watered it with his tears allowing it to grow. He (iii) ___________ his foe with false smiles and cunning tricks. The tree kept growing and yielded a bright apple which (iv) ___________ his foe to eating it stealthily during the night. The next morning the poet was happy to see his foe lying (v) _________ under the tree.
1. How did the poet’s anger with his friend end?
2. Describe how his anger kept growing.
3. Describe the effect of the poisonous fruit on the ‘enemy’.
Figures of Speech
1. I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe I told it not, my wrath did grow.
i. Pick out the rhyming words.
ii. What is the rhyme scheme of the stanza?
iii. Identify the figure of speech in the title of the poem.
2. And I watered it in fears Night and morning with my tears;
i. What figure of speech is used in ‘watered it in fears’?
H. Listen to your teacher reading out the tips on anger management. (The script can be either read out by the teacher or student, or re-corded and played more than once as required).Listen and match the sentence parts by drawing a line.
I. Answer the following in about 80-100 words. Take ideas from the poem and also use your own ideas.
1. Recall a recent situation when you became angry. What were the consequences of your anger? After listening to the guidelines on anger management, find out how well you could have handled the situation. Write your findings.
2. What might have caused the conflict which led to the poet becoming angry with his enemy? Think of one such situation that you have experienced. Describe how you felt and how the enmity grew and things became worse.
J. Discuss and Write.
a. Identify five to six qualities which make an ordinary person, loved and respected by all. Work in groups of five or six. Each group has to take up one quality and discuss the methods for imbibing that quality and identify the challenges that need to be faced.
b. Recall an incident when you were angry with someone. How did you feel then? How did you overcome it?
c. Adolescents are often distracted by feelings like anger, disappointment and general helplessness when they face challenges at school or at home. Suggest way to turn such feelings into positive ones.
The Power of a Smile
The power of a sun can kill
And the power of foe can burn
The power of wind can chill
And the power of mind can learn
The power of anger can rage
Inside until it tears you apart
But the power of a smile
Especially yours can heal a frozen heart
-Tupac Shakur, An American Musician
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