C1. Answer the following question and share your responses with your partner.
1. What kind of a woman do you find in this poem?
Answer: The woman was very old, poor, and very weak. She was not able to tolerate that severe cold.
Answer: The woman was standing at the crossroad to cross the road.
Answer: She was very anxious because the road was very busy and slippery. She was weak and couldn’t cross it alone.
Answer: The school children came there like flocks of sheep.
Answer: No, the boys didn’t lend a helping hand to the woman.
Answer: She was very weak and her legs were trembling with cold. She had no courage to cross such a busy and slippery road. So she was hesitating to cross the road.
1. How did the boy help the old woman?
Answer: When the boy saw this old woman waiting to cross the road, he ran to her and asked in a low voice that if she agreed, he could help her to cross the road. He took her aged hand in his strong young arms, he guided her trembling feet along and crossed the road without hurt or harm.
Answer: The boy was full of love and compassion and he might have been taught the importance of helping the needy by his parents, when he did the same, he got satisfaction and joy.
Answer: The boy told his friends that she was somebody’s mother, aged, poor and slow, so he helped her. Some day his own mother would be in a similar situation, someone else would help her when he is not there.
Answer: That night at home, the old lady prayed for the boy who had helped her to cross the road. Her heart was overflowing with gratitude and pride. She prayed, “God be kind to him, Somebody’s Son.
Answer: Yes, I like this poem. Because the helping nature and kindness of the boy inspired many readers to do the same. This shows that we gain happiness if we help others.
1. Pick out the rhyming words in the poem, and read them aloud.
Answer: The rhyming words are grey-day, snow-slow, long-throng, by-eye, shout out, sheep-deep, grey-way, her-stir, feet-street, troop-group, low-go, arm-harm, along-strong, went-content, know-slow, hand-stand, grey- away, head-said, boy-joy.
1. ….came boys….like a flock of sheep. What are the boys compared to? Simile The boys are compared to a flock of sheep. The Comparison is direct and used the word like.
2. Her aged hand on his strong young arm. Synecdoche.
Somebody’s Mother Poem Additional Questions and Answers Comprehension:
1. Nor offered a helping hand to her, So meek, so timid, afraid to stir.
a) Who is ‘her’?
b) Who did not offer help to her?
c) Why was the lady afraid to stir?
a) The old woman.
b) The children who came that way.
c) The lady was old and bent and her feet aged and slow. So, she was afraid to stir.
2. God be kind to the noble boy Who is somebody’s son and pride and joy.
a) Who said this prayer?
b) Who is the noble boy referred to?
c) Why did she pray for him?
a) The old woman.
b) The boy who had helped her cross the road.
c) Because of all the boys in the group, he was the only one who had helped her.
Multiple Choice Questions
Four alternatives are given for each of the following questions/ incomplete statements. Choose the most appropriate one.
1. The poem ‘Somebody’s Mother’ is written by
A) Mary Dow Brine
B) Isaac Watts
C) Sarojini Naidu
D) Rudyard Kipling
Answer: A) Mary Dow Brine
2. ‘Hailing the snow, piled white and deep’. The word ‘hailing’ means
Answer: B) welcoming
Somebody’s Mother Poem Summary in English
Here the poetess tells us that we should help those who are in need. Kindness is a virtue. It multiplies and comes to us in one or the other way. It was a winter evening. An old woman was waiting to cross a busy road near a school. She was very old and her hair was gray and she was very poor. Her dress was tom. She was a lone woman. She was waiting for a long time. Nobody looked at her nor even glanced at her. Suddenly children come out of school as it closed for the day. They passed the lonely old woman but non paid any attention to the old lady.
The poor old woman stood by the road as she fared that she would be trampled under the horse’s feet ‘or the carriage wheels. A group of happy boys comes there, it so happened that one of the boys, very cheerful and lively, saw this old woman waiting to cross the road. He ran to her and helped her to cross the road. She put her aged hand on his strong young arm. The boy guided the trembling feet and supported her by his firm and strong arms.
Later he explained to his friends that one day his own mother could be in a similar situation and that someone else would, help her. At home that night, the old lady prayed for the boy who had helped her to cross the road. Her heart was overflowing with gratitude and pride. She prayed ‘God, be kind to him, somebody’s son!”
ಈ ಪದ್ಯವನ್ನು ಭಾರತದ ಕೋಗಿಲೆ ಎನಿಸಿಕೊಂಡ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ಸರೋಜಿನಿ ನಾಯ್ಡುರವರು ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕೋರ ಮಂಡಲದ ಮೀನುಗಾರರು ಎಂದರೆ ಕೋರಮಂಡಲದ ತೀರದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಮೀನುಗಾರರನ್ನು ಕುರಿತು ಬರೆದ ಪದ್ಯವಿದು.
ಈ ಪದ್ಯವು ಅಂತ್ಯಪ್ರಾಸವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀನುಗಾರರ ಜೀವನವನ್ನು ಚಿತ್ರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಾಯಕನು ತನ್ನ ಜೊತೆಗಾರರನ್ನು ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಓ ಸಹೋದರರೇ, ಎದ್ದೇಳಿ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಎದ್ದಿರುವ ಆಕಾಶವು ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಮುಂಜಾವಿನ ತೋಳುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಿದ್ರಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಎಂದರೆ ಜೋರಾಗಿ ಗಾಳಿ ಬೀಸುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲಾವಾದ್ದರಿಂದ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ಮೇಲೆ ಸಂಚಸರಿಸಲು ಇದು ಸರಿಯಾದ ಸಮಯ. ಬನ್ನಿ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಜೊತೆಯಾಗಿ ಹೋಗೋಣ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ತಮ್ಮ ತಮ್ಮ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವೇ ಈ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ರಾಜ. ಈ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯವಾದ ಮೀನೂಗಳನ್ನು ಹಿಡಿಯೋಣ. ಇದು ನಮ್ಮ ಹಕ್ಕು ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆ.
ಇನ್ನು ತಡ ಮಾಡಬೇಡಿ, ಬೇಗ ಬೇಗ ಬನ್ನಿ ಸೀ. ಗಲ್ ಹಕ್ಕಿಯ ಕರೆಯನ್ನು ಆಲಿಸಿ ಅದು ತೋರಿಸಿದ ಜಾಗಕ್ಕೆ ಅದನ್ನು ಹಿಂಬಾಲಿಸಬೇಕು. ಸಮುದ್ರವು ನಮ್ಮ ತಾಯಿ ಮೋಡಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ಸಹೋದರರು. ಅಲೆಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆಗಾರರು ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ನಮಗೆ ಬೇಕಾದವರು ಆದರೂ ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದ ಅಲೆಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಸಮುದ್ರದೇವ ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನವನ್ನು ಕಾಪಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ.
ಮೀನುಗಾರರು ಸಮುದ್ರದ ಜೊತೆ ಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು ಸಹ ಇಷ್ಟಪಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ತೆಂಗಿನ ಮರದ ತೋಟ, ಮಾವಿನ ಮರದ ಸುವಾಸನೆ ಎಲ್ಲವನ್ನು ಇಷ್ಟಪಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ ಅದಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸೆಳೆತ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ಮೇಲಿದೆ. ದೋಣಿಗಳು ಸಾಗುವಾಗ ಉಂಟಾಗುವ ಅಲೆಗಳಿಂದ ಚಿಮ್ಮುವ ನೀರಿನ ಸ್ಪರ್ಶ, ಅಲೆಗಳ ನೃತ್ಯ ನೋಡಲು ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ನಿರೂಪಕರು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಈಗ ಸೂರ್ಯನು ಮುಳುಗುವ ಸಮಯ ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ದೋಣಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹಿಂದೆ ತಿರುಗಿಸಿ ಹಿಂತಿರೂಗೋಣ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.