Unseen Poem Collection Poem 9

Directions : (Q. Nos. 1 – 6) Read the poem carefully and answer the following questions.

The Laburnum Top is silent, quite still
In the afternoon yellow September sunlight,
A few leaves yellowing, all its seeds fallen
Till the goldfinch comes, with a twitching chirrup
A suddenness, a startlement, at a branch end
Then, sleek as a lizard, and alert and abrupt,
She enters the thickness, and a machine starts up
Of chittering’s, and of tremor of wings, and trilling’s
The whole tree trembles and thrills
It is the engine of her family.
She stokes it full, then flirts out to a branch-end
Showing her barred face identity mask
Then with eerie delicate whistle chirrup
Whisperings. She launces away, towards the infinite
And the laburnum subsides to empty

1. Laburnum is a kind of


2. The poet “Ted Hughes’ got the inspiration from ……………. to compose the poem.


3. What do you notice about the beginning of the poem?


4. The line ‘A suddenness, a statement at a branch end‘ contains which figure of speech


5. The poet evoked the image of engine


6. What does the phrase ‘her barred face identity mask’ mean


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