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Tennyson's the Brook - Analysis and Summary

Tennyson's the Brook - Analysis and Summary

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This document is an original description and analytic summary of the poem The Brook by alfred lord tennyson.
This document is an original description and analytic summary of the poem The Brook by alfred lord tennyson.

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The Brook: Summary 'The Brook' is an example of Tennyson's superb versification.

He had a rare capacity for creating music out of simple words. Tennyson makes the brook narrate its history- the history of its origin, its meandering and uneven journey through forest and hills and open spaces until it joins the 'brimming river'. The Brook originates from a source on the highlands filled with mountain forest cover, where the wild birds of coot (a type of duck) and heron are found in plenty. Its rushing waters touch all the ferns that grow on its banks till it reaches the open valley. In its initial rushing journey, the brook passes through the slopes of thirty hills and flows beneath more than four dozen bridges. Then it touches twenty different villages before reaching a little town. Before joining the main river, the brook passes by Phillip's farm. As it comes rushing down the hills, its waters produces different musical notes as it dashes against the stony pebbles. The brook makes its presence felt when it passes through the different fields of uncultivated lands and many front lying promontory lands where the weeping willows grow. It winds about with immense power and its cool pleasant waters brings all kinds of fresh water fish to a lively activity. The brook forms the foamy flake which is accumulatd at the shores where gravels gather in plenty, as it continues to travel down the hills. Sometimes it overflows and incur upon the grassy plots in the lawns. It even overflows to the gounds of Hazel plants and touches the sweet forget-me-nots. All the different sounds and movements that a stream makes as it flows are charmingly conveyed through the words used with feeling. The trees on the banks, the fish playing about, the blossoms floating on the water, the stretches of darkness and light are vividly reflected on the flowing verse. Above all, the spirit of joy and freedom comes through eloquently. Each morning when the sun rises, the rays and the beams hit the waters and brightly reflect the shiny dance of the active movement of the brook on the sandy banks. When evening sets in and total darkness covers the surroundings of the countryside, the flow of the brook continues to murmur under the light of the moon and stars. The effects of the brook on the shores in the daytime is as much as in the night. Tennyson significantly relates the brook to human life to the sad reflection that man's life is impermanent compared with the relative permanence of a river (men may come and men may go, But I go on forever). About the author Alfred Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular poets in the English language. Tennyson excelled at penning short lyrics, such as "The Charge of the Light Brigade", and "Crossing the Bar". Much of his verse was based on classical mythological themes, such as Ulysses, although In Memoriam A.H.H. was written to commemorate his best friend Arthur Hallam. Tennyson also wrote some notable blank verse including "Ulysses," and "Tithonus." During his career, Tennyson attempted drama, but his plays enjoyed little success.

"My strength is as the strength of ten. but Wisdom lingers". red in tooth and claw". In little sharps and trebles. And here and there a lusty trout. Tennyson wrote at a time when it was fashionable for Victorian poets to idealize nature and to see nature as perfect and human society as flawed and unnatural. "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all". I chatter. And here and there a foamy flake Upon me. For men may come and men may go. and "Knowledge comes. chatter. By twenty thorps. But I go on forever. By thirty hills I hurry down. as I flow To join the brimming river. a little town. And sparkle out among the fern. with here a blossom sailing. and in and out. With many a curve my banks I fret by many a field and fallow. as I travel With many a silver water-break . And here and there a grayling. THE BROOK I come from haunts of coot and hern. I bubble into eddying bays. And many a fairy foreland set With willow-weed and mallow. But I go on forever. And half a hundred bridges. I babble on the pebbles. For men may comeand men may go. including "Nature. I wind about. I make a sudden sally. I chatter over stony ways. Or slip between the ridges. To bicker down a valley. This view came about partly because of the industrial revolution.A number of phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplaces of the English language. Till last by Philip's farm I flow To join the brimming river. / Because my heart is pure".

'Twenty villages' and a little town as well. And half a hundred bridges. and flow To join the brimming river. And out again I curve and flow To join the brimming river. Or slip between the ridges. But I go on forever.-The brook suddenly rushes down.again the poet tries to make the line creative by using 'Twenty' .Above the golden gravel. I gloom. I move the sweet forget-me-nots That grow for happy lovers. I make the netted sunbeam dance Against my sandy shallows.-The brook flows down a valley making noisy sounds. Till last by Philip's farm I flow-The brook flows by a farm probably owned by a man . I come from haunts of coot and hern. I slip. By thirty hills I hurry down..-As the brook flows it sparkles because of sun rays. I loiter round my cresses.-Here the brook swiftly flows down many hills. I murmur under moon and stars In brambly wildernesses. And sparkle out among the fern. But I go on forever.-The brook flows down past many villages (Thorp-Old word for village) . I make a sudden sally. and it flows through a ground which mostly have grasses and flowerless plants (ferns). I slide by hazel covers. Among my skimming swallows.-The brook flows and passes by/through many bridges-not literally 'Half a hundred' bridges. For men may come and men may go. I linger by my shingly bars. I slide. There are not literally 'Thirty hills' but the poet make's the line creative by using 'Thirty' and not 'many'. By twenty thorps.The brook starts from a place the coots (a kind of duck) & herns (commonly known as herons) spend most of their times. I steal by lawns and grassy plots.-The brook 'slips'(quickly moves) between long narrow hilltops. a little town. For men may come and men may go. And draw them all along. I glance. To bicker down a valley.

For men may come and men may go. With many a silver water-break colour with many breaks in the water which are silvery in . and there are flowers (blossoms) floating on top of the brook. I chatter. and in and out. In little sharps and trebles.named Philip. chatter as I flow-The brook makes sound as it flows. With many a curve my banks I fret-The brook flows curvily because at one point the path curves and it wears away. -As the brook moves it makes sound because of the pebbles.. -As the brook flows it chatters (makes an interesting and musical sound) over a stony creek bed. And here and there a lusty trout. With willow-weed & mallow. as well as graylings (European fish) And here and there a foamy flake There are also lakes found in the course of the brooks’ journey which are filled with foam Upon me. probably the soil is infertile which is why the land is bare and no plants grow.-The brook flows by many fields and bare places (fallows). The brook is saying that while humans are mortal and do not last a long time.-After the farm the brook flows to join a overflowing river. insects & butterflies come which look like fairies from far away. And many a fairy foreland set. I bubble into eddying bays. I babble on the pebbles. -When the brook flows backward it 'pushes' the air and makes bubbles. the brook is perennial I wind about. And here and there a grayling. There are also trouts (fish) found within the brook. The brook meanders in and out with here a blossom sailing. To join the brimming river. Where colorful & bright birds. But I go on forever.. For men may come and men may go. -There are many pieces of land sticking out in the brook (called foreland) which have some plants such as 'Willow-weed & mallow'.. By many a field and fallow. I chatter over stony ways. The brook joins the river which is full to the brim. To join the brimming river. as I travel which occur along as the brook travels. But I go on forever. Men/people have a short life spam but the brook is immortal so it has a longer life spam and hence goes on 'forever'.

The brook spends a long time over its pebbly confines I loiter round my cresses. Against the sandy shallow portions of the brook I murmur under moon and stars The brook also flows at night and makes a murmuring sound as it does so. the brook is perennial. I gloom. The brook slips. in order to join the overflowing river.. but the brook is immortal so it has a longer life spam and hence goes on 'forever'. among its own reaches which seperates solid objects from liquids I make the netted sunbeam dance The brook makes the rays of sunlight appear as if dancing Against my sandy shallows. Among my skimming swallows.. to join the overflowing river. There are also pebbles found on the bed of the brook which are golden because they reflect the sun And draw them all along. I slip. slides. and flow The brook takes them all along with it and flows To join the brimming river. But I go on forever. For men may come and men may go. the brook moves because of the flow of water forget-me-nots. It states that while men are immortal and hence keep coming and going. I slide. It flows into the wilderness which is teeming with brambles I linger by my shingly bars. generally That grow for happy lovers. The brook moves idly around plants growing within the brook And out again I curve and flow And once again. I glance. For men may come and men may go.. glooms and glances. In brambly wildernesses. . Men/people have a short life spam But I go on forever. the brook curves out and flows To join the brimming river. The brook flows by hazel trees I move the sweet forget-me-nots In its course.Above the golden gravel. I steal by lawns and grassy plots. The brook quietly goes by lawns and plots of grass I slide by hazel covers. given by happy lovers to one another so much that they seem to have grown especially for them.

i slide by hazel covers i move the sweet forget-me-nots That grow for happy lovers. another type of fish 3. (ii) The brook flows around the obstruction on its way. 2-C (c) What all does the brook carry as it moves along ? (i) flowers blossom (ii) the lusty trout and grayling (iii) foamy flakes (iv) all of the above Multiple choice question Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below : (3 Marks) i steal by lawn and grassy plots. (iv) all of the above (b) Match the following 1. With here a blossom sailing. And here and there a lusty trout. (ii) it is moving in the plains. a big fresh water fish (i) 1-A. (iii) it moves sometimes only. and in and out. grayling B. (a) What does the word steal suggest about the movement of the brook ? (i) it moves slowly. 2-B (iv) 1-C. (iv) (i) and (ii) (b) What kind of a terrain is the brook moving on now ? (i) it is moving through mountains. fresh water fish 2. 2-B (iii) 1-C. (i) Line 1 shows the spiral movement of water. (a) Describe the movement of the brook as depicted in line 1. 2-A (ii) 1-B.Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below : (3 Marks) I wind about. (ii) it moves quickly. . lusty trout A. And here and there a grayling. (iii) And then flows along its path.

. (i) personification (ii) metaphor (iii) simile (iv) transferred epithet (d) in the poem. i bubble into eddying bays. (i) temporary (ii) short-lived (iii) eternal (iv) momentary (b) The poet draws a parallelism between the journey of the book and . Multiple choice question On the basis of your understanding of the poem 'The Brook'. (ii) They meet here. i. forget me nots into the brook which it carries along with its flow. i babble on the pebbles. (c) How is the brook associated with the happy lovers ? (i) The happy lovers are always united here. answer the following questions by ticking the correct choice. And here and there a grayling suggest that . (i) the brook is a source of life (ii) people enjoy the brook (iii) fish survive because of water (iv) the brook witnesses all kinds of scenes Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below : (3 Marks) i chatter over stony ways. This figure of speech is .e. (iv) They swear here not to forget each other. (CBSE Textbook) (a) The message of the poem is that the life of a book is . in little sharps and trebles. (iv) it is moving in pastures. (iii) They throw the flower.(iii) it is moving in meadows. the below mentioned lines: And here and there a lusty trout. (i) the life of a man (ii) the death of man (iii) the difficulties in a man's life (iv) the endl ess talking of human being (c) The poem is narrated in the first person by the brook.

(iii) and stops. (ii) it flows forcefully into edding bays forming bubbles.(a) Explain what makes the brook chatter. (a) The word murmur suggests that the brook flows (i) very slowly and quickly. (iv) The brook is silent. (iv) (ii) or (iii) (c) loiter round the cresses suggests movement of the brook. (c) Pick out the figure of speech used in the last line. (iv) it jumps over stony paths. (ii) fast. (iii) Storms on the way make the brook linger. Nothing happens to the brook. (iii) The brook creates a lot of noise. (ii) The brook produces offending noise. (b) What happens to the brook as it flows into eddying bays ? (i) it flows as usual. it stops by the obstructions in its path. (ii) it stops because the current of the brook is always forceful or fast. (i) The brook produces loud sounds as it flows over rocky terrain continuously. (iii) Nothing special happens. (b) Why does the brook linger by my shingly bars ? (i) As the current of the brook is no longer forceful or fast. (i) the slow (ii) the fast (iii) the constant (iv) the steady . (iv) constantly and continuously. i loiter round my cresses. Multiple choice question Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below : (3 Marks) i murmur under moon and stars in brambly wildernesses. (i) simile (ii) personification (iii) metaphor (iv) Alliteration-the sound of b is repeated. i linger by my shingly bars.

it produces loud sounds. its loud noisy movement has been referred to as bicker down. (iv) the vast sea. (iv) due to radiant stars. (ii) the rocky and mountainous regions (iii) the plains area. (i) flow down with a great noise (ii) loud movement (iii) As the brook flows down the valley forcefully.Multiple choice question Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below : (3 Marks) i make a sudden sally And sparkle out among the fern to bicker down a valley. (iii) due to silvery moon. (c) Explain bicker down. (iv) making a noise . (a) i sparkles (i) as the sun rays fall on it. (ii) due to radiant hot sun. (b) i moves in (i) the grassy areas.

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