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  1. Personification: A figure of speech which is used for inanimate objects or animals/birds looking or behaving like humans. For example, “While every breeze whispered or summer and dancing leaves”. Simile: A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison showing similarities between two differenRead more

    1. Personification: A figure of speech which is used for inanimate objects or animals/birds looking or behaving like humans. For example, “While every breeze whispered or summer and dancing leaves”.
    2. Simile: A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison showing similarities between two different things by using the words “like” or “as”. For Example, “Like a brief season in hell”
    3. Alliteration: The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. For example, “She sits there in state and drinks sherry with me”.

    Grandma Climbs a Tree Summary

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  1. Ruskin Bond, in this poem, tells us how his grandmother had a passion for climbing trees from a very young age and how she could climb trees till the age of sixty-two! The only problem was that Bond’s family was scared that one day, she would fall. Once when everyone except Grandma was out of town,Read more

    Ruskin Bond, in this poem, tells us how his grandmother had a passion for climbing trees from a very young age and how she could climb trees till the age of sixty-two! The only problem was that Bond’s family was scared that one day, she would fall. Once when everyone except Grandma was out of town, the old lady climbs a tree but is unable to come down. After being ‘rescued’ as Bond puts it, the doctor advises her to rest. However, Grandma is not able to live without a tree, so she tells Bond’s father to build a treehouse. Accordingly, Bond and his father build a treehouse, and this way, Bond and his grandma spend evenings sitting in the treehouse, drinking sherry. This poem shows the unconditional love Bond has towards his family. It shows his ability to enjoy unusual events and actions.

     

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Nathu: Nathu is the protagonist of the story. He is a sweeper by profession. He works in the Pipalnagar bank. Sitaram: Sitaram is the son of a washerman. He plays a significant role in the story. Seth Govind Ram: He is the owner of the Pipalnagar bank. Mrs. Srivastava, Mrs. Bhushan, Mr. Bhushan, KamRead more

    • Nathu: Nathu is the protagonist of the story. He is a sweeper by profession. He works in the Pipalnagar bank.
    • Sitaram: Sitaram is the son of a washerman. He plays a significant role in the story.
    • Seth Govind Ram: He is the owner of the Pipalnagar bank.
    • Mrs. Srivastava, Mrs. Bhushan, Mr. Bhushan, Kamal Inshore, Deep Chand, Old Ganpat: All of them are the villagers of Pipalnagar.

    Summary of The Boy Who Broke the Bank

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The whole story is ironic because the boy for whom a bank collapses has no idea about why such a thing happens. He doesn’t even have a bank account. Though the collapsing of the bank may seem the best idea to the readers as this acts as a revenge to the bank’s ignorance towards Nathu’s struggle, itRead more

    The whole story is ironic because the boy for whom a bank collapses has no idea about why such a thing happens. He doesn’t even have a bank account. Though the collapsing of the bank may seem the best idea to the readers as this acts as a revenge to the bank’s ignorance towards Nathu’s struggle, it throws him in a more despicable condition. As the bank collapses, he loses his stable job and doesn’t even get his dues. His future remains the same as he belongs to the lower class background.

    Summary of The Boy Who Broke the Bank

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  1. The poem is about the poet’s pure joy over a cherry seed, which he plants with the intention of having a tree of his own. It took eight years for the plant to grow and blossom into a tree. He describes the seasons that the tree lives through to eventually grow and bloom. The plant sees the light ofRead more

    The poem is about the poet’s pure joy over a cherry seed, which he plants with the intention of having a tree of his own. It took eight years for the plant to grow and blossom into a tree. He describes the seasons that the tree lives through to eventually grow and bloom. The plant sees the light of the day in the month of May. Goats, scythe, and the harsh monsoon weather; all harm the plant but it strives to grow against all odds. In spring, new shoots grow and they reach upwards for more sunlight, air, and water. The poet patiently waits as time and the rains do their part to help the plant grow.

    The Cherry Tree Poem Summary

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  1. Following literary devices/poetic devices have been used in the poem Cherry Tree written by Ruskin Bond: Alliteration – Consonant sounds are repeated in successive words for melody. “Its arms in a fresh fierce lust” Here, the consonant sound ‘f’ is repeated pleasingly. “Made a miracle from green groRead more

    Following literary devices/poetic devices have been used in the poem Cherry Tree written by Ruskin Bond:

    1. Alliteration – Consonant sounds are repeated in successive words for melody. “Its arms in a fresh fierce lust” Here, the consonant sound ‘f’ is repeated pleasingly. “Made a miracle from green growing” Here, the consonant sound ‘g’ is repeated pleasingly. “Shrivelled the slender stem….” Here, the consonant sound ‘s’ is repeated pleasingly.
    2. Antithesis – Opposite ideas/words are used together. Example – “but cherries have a way of growing, Though no one’s caring very much or knowing.” -Opposite idea of growing without caring is seen in the lines. “It was very small, five months child Lost in the tall grass running wild.” -Opposite ideas – small and tall are seen in the lines.
    3. Climax – words, phrases, lines are arranged in ascending order of their importance. Examples “Pink, fragile, quick to fall”
    4. Personification – Human qualities are attributed to non-human, inanimate objects. Example – “A Tree had come to stay” A tree is given the human quality of coming and staying.

    The Cherry Tree Poem Summary

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    The name of the thief was Hari Singh in The Thief Story. However this is not his real name. He was a 15 years old boy and keeps changing his name every month in order to escape from being recognised and arrested. Read summary of this poem.

    The name of the thief was Hari Singh in The Thief Story. However this is not his real name. He was a 15 years old boy and keeps changing his name every month in order to escape from being recognised and arrested.

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