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One day fair little Sarah stood by her grandmother’s bed and asked her ___________. The grandmother replied that she wanted a (ii) ____________
and also told her (iii)______________. So Sarah went to the cellar (iv) unfortunately there was no flour in the barrel and so (v) _____________ some corn flour. Since he had no flour, he ______________. There she could get some corn and (vi) ______________ so that, she could get some nice yellow corn flour in a minute. When Sarah came to the miller, (viii) ______________ because he had no corn with him. He asked her to go to the cornfield (ix) ______________and asked her to fetch (x) ___________.
Little Sarah ran to the cornfield but she could find that there was no corn in the field also. She (xi) _____________if it could make the corn grow but the sun replied that it cannot do that right now. Sarah asked the farmer to sow some grain so that she could get some corn. But the farmer (xii) _____________ if, he had to sow the seeds. So Little Sarah went to (xiii)______________and asked him (xiv)________.
At last the ploughman (xv)_________, the farmer (xvi)__________ and the sun (xvii)___________ so that the corn would grow fully. Once the corn was grown, she (xvi)____________ and (xvii)___________ it in the mill. When everything was done, she (xviii)__________and stood (xix)_______________. Again her grandmother asked her to get her a Johnny cake as quickly as possible.
1. So Sarah she went to the closet to see If yet any meal in the barrel might be…
a. Why did Sarah go to the closet?
b. What is a ‘closet’?
c. Why was Sarah looking for some ‘meal’?
2. For he has a mill, and he’ll put the corn in it,
And grind you some nice yellow meal in a minute;…
a. Who will grind the corn for Sarah?
b. How will he grind the corn?
3. “Pretty sun,” cried the maiden, “Please make the corn grow.” “Pretty maid,” the sun answered, “I cannot do so.”
a. Why did the maiden ask the sun to make the corn grow?
b. Did the sun accept her request?
c. Who is the ‘pretty maid’ here?
3. You shall get me a Johnny-cake quickly go make it,
In one minute mix, and in two minutes bake it.
a. What are the two main steps involved here?
b. Who is asking for a Johnny-cake?
c. Who is making the cake now ?
4. She asked of the farmer to sow her some grain, But the farmer he laughed till his sides ached again.
a. What did ‘she’ ask of the farmer?
b. How did the farmer laugh ?
c. Why did the farmer laugh?
A Refrain, is a phrase, line, or group of lines repeated at intervals throughout a poem, generally at the end of the stanza.
1. 'In one minute mix, and two minutes bake it?'
a. The poet has repeated this line again and again in the poem. Why do you think he has done so?
b. What is the figure of speech employed here?
2. Identify the rhyme scheme in the poem.
3. Pick out the rhyming words from the poem. Make a list and see if you can add more words to the list.
Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often using the voices of a narrator and characters as well;
1. Little Sarah she stood by her grandmother’s bed…
So Sarah she went to the closet to see The ploughman he ploughed…
Note how the words, ‘she’ and ‘he’ are mentioned after the names. Why do you think the poet has done it? Identify more examples of such usage from the poem. What effect does it have on the narrative?
1. Describe sequentially Little Sarah’s search for corn flour.
2. List out the persons who helped Little Sarah in getting her corn flour and also discuss what sort of help each one did for her.
3. Attempt a character sketch of Little Sarah with special reference to her attitude.
4. The poet makes effective use of the repetition of the refrain, ‘In one minute mix, and in two minutes bake it.’
What kind of effect does it have on the readers? Does the repetition help the poet influence the reader in any way?
Read and enjoy the poem.
by Terrie Brushette
Never stop caring about the little things in life.
Never stop dreaming, and don’t give into strife.
Never stop wondering are we on our own.
Never stop thinking has your spirituality grown.
Never stop building bridges that lead to better tomorrows.
Never stop trying, and don’t give into sorrow.
Never stop feeling amazed at the beauty that surrounds you.
Never stop hearing the music, and don’t give into the blues.
Never stop pushing away negative
Thoughts that make you feel sad.
Never stop looking at all the miracles we have had.
Never stop loving the ones you hold dear.
Never stop giving, and don’t give into fear.
Never stop smiling, but look forward to each new day.
Never stop shining in your own special way.
Never forget that all storms will clear.
Remember brighter tomorrows are always near.
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