Summary Of A Day By Emily Dickinson| Grade 12 Poem Unit 1

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More Poems From Grade 12 English Book

UnitPoemsAuthor
1A DayEmily Dickinson
2Every Morning I WakeDylan Thomas
3I Was My Own RouteJulia de Burgos
4The Awakening AgeBen Okri
5Soft StormAbhi Subedi

I’ll tell you how the sun rose, _
A ribbon at a time.
The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
“That must have been the sun!”
But how he set, I know not.
There seemed a purple stile
Which little yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while

Till when they reached the other side,
A dominie in gray
Put gently up the evening bars,
And led the flock away

Understanding the text

Answer the following questions.


a. How does the poet describe the morning sun in the first stanza?
b. What does the line ‘The news like squirrels ran’ mean?
c. What do you understand by the line ‘The hills untied their bonnets’?
d. Is the speaker watching the morning sun? Why? Why not?
e. How does the sun set?

Reference to the context

a. What, according to the speaker, is a day?
b. What purpose does the hyphen in the first line serve in the poem?
c. What makes this poem lyrical and sonorous? Discuss.
d. Who are the target audience of the speaker? Why?
e. The poem seems to describe a day for children. How would the adult people
respond to this poem? Discuss this poem with your parents/guardians and write
the answer based on their responses.

Reference beyond the text

a. Observe your surroundings of one fine morning and write a poem based on your
own experience.
b. Write a personal essay on A Day in the School.

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