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The Village School master

1. Describe the place where the schoolmaster taught his little school.

The school is situated in a village where there is a abundance of green bush .Bordered
with an irregular fence stands a big building where his village master taught the little

2. Explain straggling fence and unprofitably gay.

Straggling fence means irregular fence bordering the village school.It means uselessly
bright this beauty served no purpose because there was body to admire it.

3. Describe the schoolmaster .

The poet portraits disciplanarian. He was a man of stern appearance and every
indisciplined student knew that they could not take liberties with him. Inspite of his
strict exterior the school master was a hind man and had a love for knowledge and his

4. Who laughed? Why did they laugh with counterfeited glee?

The indisciplined and idle student laughed with counterfeited glee . The master could
tell many joked and even if the students did not feel like laughing at those jokes yet they
pretended to be happy or merry to impress their teacher.

5. Explain the line "The days disaster in his morning face."

Day's disaster means the misfortunes that were going to occur that day for the
indisciplined students in the school .Morning face means expression seen on
schoolmaster's face in the morning.

6. How did the people who laugh reacted when he frowned?

When truants and his other student found that the schoolmaster was not in the good
mood,they would know before hand that day would bring disaster for them. The
schoolmaster would punish them The poet has earlier referred to the schoolmaster as
stern and strict.

7. What reason doer he attribute later for this?

Schoolmaster was a kind-hearted teacher.He used to act though so that his students
could develop a love for learning and become responsible citizens.

8. What opinion the villagers have of him?

The whole of the village was in awe of his knowledge and his ability to solve problems

9. What different qualities did the schoolmaster has?

The village schoolmaster could easily measure distance ,area and volume. He could
deliver the accurate meanings of various expressions and could also predict the seasons
and the events of the future .Everyone acknowledge that he was good at debating
because he had the shill to continue with his arguments when he had lost the debate.

10. Elaborate on his argumentative shills.

The schoolmaster had a good argumentative skill and could continue with his arguments
even when has lost the debate.The village loved to gather around him to listen his
learned words that were uttered in a high pitched voice.

11. What do you think the furze is described as the 'unprofitably gay' in Village School
The description of the furze being 'unprofitably gay' occurs in the very beginning, the
second line of Oliver Goldsmith's poem The Village Schoolmaster. It is a striking example
of personification, that enlivens the furze but more importantly, I think, the expression
looks forward to the major idea as well as the main theme of the poem, which is also
the fundamental characteristic of this schoolmaster. And that is his stringent and
disciplinarian approach--his no-nonsense attitude. The fence that surrounds the
master's house is emblematic of his strict sense of discipline but its prime element, the
furze seems to behave with a great deal of enjoyment and alacrity. It is this alacrity that
is totally unsuitable with and thus 'unprofitable' for the space inside the fencing. As if,
even the furze, much like the overjoyed schoolboys has to cope up with the master's
ways. But then, the oddity does exist. It is perhaps this that leads to the final lines where
a transformation and a resultant stress on joy can be located.

12. Explain the irony in the poem "The Village Schoolmaster" by Oliver Goldsmith.

13. What is the theme of the poem "The Village Schoolmaster" by Oliver Goldsmith.