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NOTES Synopsis: The person talks about the river as it flows through valleys and hills.

It is always moving as it winds its way to the plains it twists and turns. Along the way, the river keeps whatever it collects. The river makes sounds that are peculiar or special only to it. The river moves on happily and it sings and dances. However, the river can be a trouble maker for it can bring down trees and causes floods. Structure, Style, Tone & Language: It is consists of six stanzas with a rhyme scheme 'a,b,c,d'. The poem is simple and direct. It describes the flow of a river and the nature of it. The language used is simple and easy to comprehend. Personification- The river is personified as a man as he travels through life. This can be seen when the persona capitalize letter 'R' in the word 'River'. Imagery: the image of river and its movements. Metaphor: The river is referred as a wanderer, winder, collector, baby, dancer, singer and destroyer. Repetition of the word 'River' gives emphasis to the subject. Simile: The river is like a baby happily sucking its thumb. The tone is conversational, contemplative and carefree. There is a sense of regret in the last stanza as the persona thinks of the destruction that a river can make. Setting: The poem is set in the countryside as the persona talks about the river, hills and surrounding area.

Themes: The main theme in this poem is man and life. The hidden meaning behind the word 'river' refers to man. Man can choose to lead a stable life or move around in search of his dreams and experiences. During his travels, man collects experiences and memories. Besides that, man also faces challenges in life and this can prompt him to be destructive. Moral Values: We must strive for stability in life. We must value life experiences. We should keep good memories in life and people close to us. We should face our problems positively. We should not destroy other people when facing challenges. We should take care of our environment by not polluting our environment and cutting down trees. QUESTIONS: Who wrote the poem? What is the theme of the poem? What is the rhyme scheme of the poem? What does the word 'River' refers to? Explain why. Why does the tone in the last stanza is regret? Which stanzas give a clear image that the river moves joyously? How many stanzas does the poem have? How is the last stanza different from the other stanzas?

Moral values

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We must be grateful for the beautiful things of nature that God has given us. We must respect nature. We must appreciate the beauty of nature and not destroy it. We must not tamper with nature as this can lead to disastrous results. We must be aware of the dangers of rivers. 6. Use the clues to help you complete the crossword puzzle.
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DOWN 1. place something into the ground and cover with earth-buries 2. a laughing sound that babies makegurgles 3. to pick one item among manychoose 5. eat something in one gulp-swallow 6. a temporary place to sleep Outdoors-camp

ACROSS 4. a collection of valuable thingstreasure 7. a member of a tribe that moves from place to place-nomad 8. low point between two mountainsvalley 9. sounds that are repeated-echoes 10. a fierce and fearful creature-monster