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C1. Answer the following questions and share your responses with your partner:
Name the creature mentioned in the poem.
Snail is the creature mentioned in the poem
Who do you think is the speaker?
The speaker is none other than the poetess (mother)
Who is the speaker addressing ?
The speaker addressing her five year old and the readers.
What does the child want his mother to see?
The child wants its mother to see the snail.
What does the mother tell the child?
The Mother tells her child to carry the snail carefully, out side and leave to feed on daffodils.
Read and Write.
C2. Read and discuss your responses with your partner. Then write.
Why does the mother say ‘a kind of faith prevails?
The mother says ‘a kind of faith prevails’ because she sees that her child’s gentleness is moulded still by words rather then being guided by gentle actions. Even though the mother acted cruelly by, drawing the child’s kittens, trapping nice and shooting wild birds. The ‘faith’ the mother refers to is that is the belief that character is built by words rather that actions.
How has the mother treated other animals?
The mother has trapped mice, shot wild birds, drowned kittens and betrayed the closest relatives like other people.
Do you observe any difference be¬tween the mother’s treatment of the snail and her treatment of other animals and her own relatives?
Yes, there is lot of difference between the treatment of snail and other animals. Other animals were treated cruelly as. The mother treated the snail very kindly and she advised her child to be kind to the snail.
Hoe does the mother console herself? Read the last two lines and comment.
Mother has behaved like others. Snail was harmless so it could be treated kindly but other animals are harmful, so it is not easy to treat them kindly. All people are like this only. Everyone preach good but they do not follow it in action. So mother consoles herself like this and said that she and her child are kind to snails.
For a Five Year Old Boy Poem Summary in English
The Poem ‘For a five Year old is written by Fleur Adcock.. In the poem, the poet ironically points out the contradictions in our day to day dealings of life. She points out the differences between what we preach and low we act. She ironically points out that by nature human beings do not practice what they preach.
The poet illustrates this human behaviour by narrating a fictitious episode in which she imagines her five year old child calling out to her after it sees a snail climbing up the window silly after a rainy night. The mother (Poet) goes to the child’s room and explains that it would be unkind to leave it there, because it might climb down to the floor. So it is better to take care of it, before someone unknowingly squashes it. She asks the child to pick it up carefully and carry it outside to the garden and leave it there to feed on daffodil flowers.
In the next stanza the poet wonders why such a kind of faith still prevails where people still believe that character is built by mere words of advice, than by actions of others. She feels sad, because the child believed in her words and acted gently with the snail. She feels sad but amazed because the child believed the words of her mother (Poet) who was actually not gentle in her actions. The mother (Poet) had taken her words seriously even though it knew that the mother had drowned the child’s kittens and betrayed even her close relatives. The Poet had also conveyed such harsh truths to others. The harsh truth is that, it is human nature to preach one thing and practice another and that is how things go on in this world.
She strongly believes that being a mother of a child, she is right in advising her child to be good and gentle. And so both the mother and child are kind to little creatures like snails.
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