A Truly Beautiful Mind Summary Analysis and Explanation

A Truly Beautiful Mind Summary Analysis and Explanation

About the Poet Albert Einstein 

Poet Name Albert Einstein
Born 3 October 1916, Sunderland, United Kingdom
Died 23 February 1995, Thirlby, United Kingdom
Spouse: Joan Catherine Anderson Danbury (m. 1941–1995)
Movies All Creatures Great and Small, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet

A Truly Beautiful Mind Introduction

This is the story of Albert Einstein who is regarded as a visionary and world citizen. The story tries to show him as a human being, a fairly ordinary person who had his likes and dislikes, his streaks of rebellion, and his problems. Over time, the name Einstein became synonym for genius. His work changed our understanding of space, time and the entire cosmos.

A Truly Beautiful Mind Summary of the Lesson

Albert Einstein was bom on 14 March 1879 at Ulm in Germany. His mother thought he was a freak and his head was too large. Einstein didn’t speak until the age of two-and-a-half and when he did learn to speak, he uttered everything twice. He had no interest in playing with other children. He preferred being by himself. However, he loved mechanical toys.

Once the headmaster at a school Einstein studied in, told his father that his son would never be successful, whatever career he took up. His mother wanted him to learn the violin when was six-years old. So, he started learning it and later became a gifted amateur violinist.

Einstein was not a bad student. He went to high school in Munich and got good marks in almost every subject. But he did not like the school’s stifling discipline and left it for good at the age of 15. He wanted to continue his higher education as he had deep interest in mathematics and physics. He joined a university in Zurich because the atmosphere there was more liberal than Munich.

There he met a fellow student, Mileva Marie who was equally intelligent and clever. They fell in love and finally married in 1903 after Einstein got a job on completing his university studies. The couple was gifted with two sons. But their marriage didn’t last long and they finally divorced in 1919.

After completing his university education, Einstein badly needed a job. He started his career as a teaching assistant and gave private lessons. Finally, in 1902, he secured a job as a technical expert in the patent office in Bern.

Though his job was to assess other people’s inventions but he worked secretly on his idea on relativity. He published his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905, according to which time and distance are not absolute.

This was followed by the world famous formula which describes the relationship between mass and energy: E = me2, where E stands for energy, m for mass and c for the speed of the light in a vacuum. In 1915, he published his General Theory of Relativity, which gave an absolutely new interpretation of gravity.

This theory established Einstein’s fame in the world of science. In 1919, during a solar eclipse, his theory came out be accurate which brought a scientific revolution. Two years later, he received the Nobel Prize for Physics. After this, he became a world figure.

In 1933, Einstein emigrated to the United States as the Nazis had come to power in Germany. He was apprehensive about atomic bomb. So, when Germany developed the principle of nuclear fission in 1938, he became the first person to raise his voice against it.

He wrote a letter to the American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt on 2 August 1939 to warn him against Germany’s building of an atomic bomb. This made the Americans develop their own atomic bomb in secret which they used against Japan in August 1945.

As a result, the two Japanese cities named Hiroshima and Nagasaki were totally destroyed. The large scale destruction that it caused shook Einstein from within.

He then wrote an open letter to the United Nations proposing the formation of a world government which could stop such destruction by putting an end to the arms buildup. He was a great advocate of peace and democracy and campaigned for the same till his death in 1955 at the age of 76.

A Visit to Cambridge Summary Explanation

A Visit to Cambridge Summary Explanation

About the Poet William Firdaus Kanga

Poet Name Firdaus Kanga
Born 1960 (age 60 years), Mumbai
Died Jul 31, 1991.
Nationality British, Indian
Movies Sixth Happiness

A Visit to Cambridge Introduction

The two great men exchange thoughts on what it means to live life in a wheelchair, and on how the so-called ‘normal’ people react to the disabled. This is the story of a travelogue, both of them ‘disabled’, or ‘differently-abled’ as we now say.

Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest scientists of our time. He suffers from a form of paralysis that confines him to a wheelchair and allows him to ‘speak’ only by punching buttons on a computer, which speaks for him in a machine-like voice.

Firdaus Kanga is a writer and journalist who lives and works in Mumbai. Kanga was bom with “brittle bones’ that tended to break easily when he was a child. Like Hawking, Kanga moves around in a wheelchair.

A Visit to Cambridge Summary of the Lesson

This story is about a meeting between two differently-abled people. Both were extraordinary in their fields. Stephen Hawking was a great scientist though he suffers from paralysis.

He can speak only through the computer and confined to a wheelchair. Firdaus Kanga, the writer and journalist from Mumbai was born with very weak and easily breakable bones. He took moves around in a wheelchair.

Both met in England at Stephen’s place. They discussed about the point of view of normal people for differently-abled. The writer, Firdaus, was on a walking tour through Cambridge to UK.

He got to know about Hawking from his guide, Hawking was occupying Newton’s chair at the University. He wrote ‘A Brief History of Time’ one of the best sellers.

Firdaus called Hawking and got an appointment to meet him for half an hour. It was encouraging to Firdaus to meeting somebody like him on a wheelchair. Both of them were differently-abled.

Their bodies were disintegrating but minds were brilliant. Hawking had little switches in his hand. He was able to move his finger to find the words on a computer.

When Firdaus asked Hawking that “people often thought that disabled people were unhappy people”. Hawking replied, “I find it amusing when people patronize me”. He was a very practical person he didn’t think anything good about being disabled.

He admitted that it is annoying when another disabled person came and disturbed him in his work. Seeing the poor condition of the great scientists, Firdaus felt relief because neither he can walk nor even stand.

Hawking didn’t like the idea of the disabled Olympics. According to him, it is a wastage of time. His advice that they should concentrate on what they were good at.

They spent one hour together instead of half an hour; had tea and saw his garden. At the time of departure, Firdaus got up to say goodbye. But he could neither kiss nor cry. He convinced that the paralytic scientist was a symbol of bravery.

Princess September Summary Analysis and Explanation

Princess September Summary Analysis and Explanation

About the Poet William Somerset Maugham

Poet Name William Somerset Maugham
Born 25 January 1874, Paris, France
Died 16 December 1965, Nice, France
Short stories The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Verger, MORE
Movies The Painted Veil, Quartet, Trio, The Razor’s Edge, MORE

Princess September Introduction

This is an interesting story that talks about the love and bond of humans and birds. Freedom is the basic right of every individual. No one should take it away for his own greed. Doing good always pays back in the manifold.

The princess was a good human being. Her essential goodness was reflected in her behavior with the bird. She believed in ‘live and let live’. In contrast to her, her sisters did evil and received the evil fate in return.

Princess September Summary of the Lesson

The story is set in Thailand. There live a king and his queen with many daughters. To make it easy to remember the names of his daughter, he kept their names on months. His youngest daughter was named ‘September’.

The king gave away gifts on his birthday. Once he gave green parrots in a golden cage to all his daughters. The princesses were fond of the parrots and taught them to talk. ‘God save the king’ and ‘Pretty Polly’.

One day Princess September found her parrot lying dead in the cage. It was heart-rending to her. She kept on crying at the loss. Her maids of honor tried to comfort her but failed in their effort.

So they went to the queen who did not pay heed to her distress. The maid of honor was to go to a party left the princess crying in bed with taking supper. Then they entered a little bird and hopped into her room.

It started singing a beautiful song about the lake in the king’s garden, willow trees; goldfish etc. that made September forget all her sadness and hunger. The little bird offered herself in place of her pet parrot. Princess September was delighted to own such a melodious singing bird.

The next morning, he wished her good morning when the maid of Honour brought her breakfast; it was fed to him by the Princess. His singing impressed the audiences and the princess feels elated.

She then took him to tour to her sisters and parents’. Everyone was delighted by his performance. Queen did not like the parrots saying repeated lines.

Whereas the king admired the parrot saying ‘God save the king’. Yet condemned ‘Pretty Polly’. That discouraged the princesses and their parrot. September enjoyed the song of the bird.

That went on for a few days unless the other sister poisoned the mind. They said that she had to bear the death of her pet and they would arrange a parrot for her.

But September replied that she did not need parrot anymore as she had a better bird. They asked the whereabouts of the bird. To which she replied that the bird flew off to meet his father-in-law.

The princesses tried to scare her that he might not come back because he was not caged. Their persistent nagging made her uncomfortable.

Insecure Princess September felt that something might happen to him. She was worried that hawks or someone might have trapped his. All she wanted was his safety.

Then appeared the bird and started chirping in her ears. She grew angry. The bird told her that he would not have replied as his father – in – law was giving a party.

He wanted him to attend the party. But he knew that she would be worried so he returned. September was not willing to take any chance further, she decided to cage him she put him in the cage.

The bird was shocked at the sudden reaction of her. The reason she gave was that the queen’s cat might harm her. The bird agreed to it but for once only. He wanted to sing after supper but could not continue as he did not feel like.

The next morning he wanted to be free. His desperation grew, he beat against the door and shout but all his efforts went in vain. Rather eight princesses were delighted to see him in pain.

On the request to set him free, September replied that she knew what’s better of him. She wanted him to sing for her and offered him a piece of sugar. He could not sing inside the cage.

He wanted to see the trees, the lake and willow trees all by himself. He was not willing to see through the cage. He gave up eating and singing, then anxious princess turned to her sisters for their opinion.

They called him obstinate and wanted her to conform to her stand. September agreed to their suggestion and felt the same way. She assumed that he might be accustomed to bars of the cage.

The next morning she wished the bird but got no answer. She was shocked to see that the bird was lying unmoved in the cage. She took him out of the cage and started crying. When her tears fell on him, he looked up.

He pleaded that he could not sing inside the cage and if he could not sing, he would die.

She freed him then and there. He promised her that he would return to her. She sobbed and was feeling lonely. Her sisters mocked at her. But he returned to her and sang beautiful songs for her.

She kept her windows open to let him go or come whenever he felt like. She grew beautiful and got married to the king of Cambodia and was carried on a white elephant. Her sisters were married to the councilor only as they were not as beautiful.

The Best Christmas Present in the World Summary

The Best Christmas Present in the World Summary

About the Poet Michael Morpurgo
The Best Christmas Present in the World is a touching story by Michael Morpurgo. The narrator buys an old desk and finds in it a letter written by an English soldier Jim Mcpherson to his wife Connie whom the narrator goes to meet and hand over the letter.

Poet Name Michael Morpurgo
Education The King’s School, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, King’s College London
Children Sebastian Morpurgo, Horatio Morpurgo, Rosalind Morpurgo
Movies War Horse, When the Whales Came, Private Peaceful, Waiting for Anya, Friend or Foe, Kensuke’s Kingdom
Awards Children’s Laureate, Carnegie Medal, MORE

The Best Christmas Present in the World Introduction

The story depicts the brotherhood and universal bonhomie. Soldiers in the enemy camps want peace and harmony. They want to live with their families. The discord of leaders develops no enmity among them. They wish to celebrate and play together. The female character waited long for the husband to return from the war front.

The Best Christmas Present in the World Summary of the Lesson

The narrator went to a junk shop in Bridport looking for a roll-top desk. The junk-seller informed him that the desk he picked up was made of oak. The narrator found it cheaper than the others he had seen.

Although the desk was, not in proper shape yet he bought it and started working on it. He took out the damaged cover. He observed that water and fire took a toll. He opened the drawers easily but for the last one, he had to apply force.

He took out a tin box with a note on it with instructions to bury the letter with her. Out of curiosity, he read the letters that mention the address of the lady Macpherson. It was written in pencil. He read the letter.

Her husband was happily narrating an incident. It was Christmas morning and they were standing in their trenches.

He observed a white flag waving from the side of German soldiers. They called out ‘Happy Christmas’ loudly. Soldiers from his side also wished them back cheerfully.

However, the air of confusion was offering them to share schnapps and sausage. About twelve soldiers started coming towards them in no man’s land. Initially, the narrator was apprehensive yet he made no efforts to stop them.

He was rather happy that they were celebrating happiness with his enemy soldiers. He further added that he liked the way the German officer came towards him and introduced him.

He wished him ‘Happy Christmas’ and told him that he should play the cello in the orchestra. Mr. Macpherson greeted him and replied that he was a school teacher from Dorset. He shared rum and sausage.

He spoke almost perfect English. He was surprised to see Dusseldorf speaking good English and knew about Dorset where he never went. The source of his information was from reading English books.

They discussed Bathsheba, Gabriel Oak, Sergeant Troy, and Dorset. His family includes his wife and one son.

The letter read as the narrator had the best time with the enemy celebrating. Next, the fun element was a game of football. They made goalposts by pitting Greatcoats.

Hans Wolf and Jim Macpherson wanted to resolve the differences and would not harm their families. Macpherson was sure of winning a game of cricket. The game was won by Germans and to his surprise, Hans Wolf admitted that their goal was wider than theirs.

Soldiers of both the sides bade goodbye to each other and felt that the night was a memorable one. They exchanged carols, ‘Stille Nacht from German’s side and While Shepherd’s Watched’ from England side. Jim concluded the letter by saying that both armies wanted for peace.

After reading the letter, the author couldn’t sleep and decided to drive to Bridport. He asked a boy the address when he went there, an old man told him that he knew about Ms. Macpherson.

Her house was burnt. She used – candles instead of electricity considering it to be cheap. She was in a nursing home named ‘Burlington House’ on the Dorchester road.

When he entered he saw hallway and a lighted Christmas tree kept in a corner with a lopsided angel on top. He asked for Mr. Macpherson while waiting to observe that everyone in the dining room was singing and wearing a paper hat.

The matron offered a mince pie and took him along the corridor. She ‘ told him that Mrs. Macpherson was not in with the others. She would be happy to have a visitor as she didn’t have a family.

He saw an old lady sitting in a wheelchair. She folded hands in her lap. Her hair was folded in a wispy bun. The visitor wished her Merry Christmas Connie and gave her the tin box.

He described her how he discovered that. But she paid no heed to all his conversation. Rather she was smiling. She came forward with tearful eyes. He mistook him for her husband Jim.

She asked him to sit near her and read the letters himself. She wanted to hear his voice. She told him that they would have for Christmas cake and marzipan.

The Selfish Giant Summary Analysis and Explanation

The Selfish Giant Summary Analysis and Explanation

About the Poet Oscar Wilde

Poet Name Oscar Wilde
Born 16 October 1854, Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland
Died 30 November 1900, Paris, France
Spouse Constance Lloyd (m. 1884–1898)
Movies Wilde, Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband, A Good Woman, MORE

The Selfish Giant Introduction

Oscar Wilde wrote a simple and interesting story of divine intervention in Nature. Coexistence and spreading love is the message of the story. The young boy was a messenger of God. He made the cruel Giant repentant.

Because he was not allowing his creations to blossom. When he broke the wall. Happiness and beauty surrounded him in terms of children and spring season. Detailing and personification of hail, snow is presented well.

The Selfish Giant Summary of the Lesson

The opening lines suggest that the children were fond of playing in the Giant garden. It was a lovely garden with soft grass and beautiful flowers. It had twelve peach trees that flourish with pink and pearl flowers in spring season turn into rich fruits in the autumn. The children listened to the songs of various birds and thus lived in ecstasy.

Their enjoyment had ended with the arrival of the Giant. Who was away for last seven years to a friend’s house. He was infuriated when he saw children playing in his garden. He started shouting and built a high wall around it. He put up a notice that trespassing from his property is prohibited.

The decision took a toll on children as they did not have a place to play because if they play on the road, there was a lot of dust and stones. They were very sad and depressed.

As the time passed by, spring season came and flowers blossomed everywhere and little birds were chirping all around. But it did not arrive in Giants’ garden. There were barren winters only.

Trees and flowers were not blossoming. No birds were chirping. However, the snow and the frost were happy. The snow-covered up the grass with her white cloak and frost covered trees.

North wind was invited to stay by them. They brought chaos in the garden. Then they planned to invite hail, he fell on the roof of the castle and broke most of its spates. He was dressed in grey.

However, the Giant was waiting eagerly and was hopeful. One morning, the Giant heard the melodious song of a bird. Initially, the Giant thought that it must be the king’s musician passing by.

Then Giant rejoiced as he was sure that the spring has arrived. He looked out and found that children were back. Every tree was blossoming as a child was sitting on its branch.

The birds were flying, flowers were laughing except for a place where a small child could not climb the tree. The poor tree wanted the child as frost, snow and north wind were blowing on that. The Giant realized his mistake and decided to break the wall.

He went downstairs and opened the front door. But the children were frightened to see him. The small boy could not run away. The Giant lifted the boy and put him onto a branch of the tree. The tree blossomed at once.

The Giant’s behavior was changed and he allowed the other children. Then they entered the spring. Jubilant Giant took an ax and knocked down the wall. People were surprised to see the children playing with the Giant.

The Giant invited every child to visit his ground with special mention to the youngest child. But nobody knew him. The Giant was kind to every child. Years rolled by, the Giant grew old. He watched the children playing while sitting in an armchair. He said that the children are the most beautiful flowers of all.

The Giant no longer hated the winters. One winter morning, he was surprised to see the lovely white blossoms. Its branches were golden bearing silver fruit. There was the little boy sitting underneath.

He was very happy and rushed towards him. On seeing his hands, he grew angry. He wanted to punish the wrongdoer. But the child replied that those were wounds of love. The Giant was shocked to hear such an answer.

He then asked about him who replied gently that once he allowed him to play him in his garden. Now he would take him along. When children came to play in the afternoon, they found the Giant lying dead covered with white blossoms.

Children at Work Summary Analysis and Explanation

Children at Work Summary Analysis and Explanation

About the Poet Jack Prelutsky

Poet Name Jack Prelutsky
Born 8 September 1940 (age 79 years), Brooklyn, New York, United States
Education High School of Music & Art (1958), Hunter College
Spouse Carolynn Prelutsky (m. 1979)
Movies A Pizza the Size of the Sun

Children at Work Introduction

The story portrays the pathetic condition of the poor in the city. A boy ran away from home and fell into the trap of life of indignity. He found the life of the village better as compared to the city. The survival in the city is a constant struggle for the poor. Children work for survival instead of school. Their childhood is crushed under the cruel hands of poverty.

Children at Work Summary of the Lesson

The protagonist is an eleven – year old boy, ran away from home because of distraught in his family. He got down at Chennai Central carrying a small bundle by Kanyakumari express.

He rested on a platform for some time then he sat on a bench. He was surprised to see a mass of people. He observed that people were in a great rush. The frequent announcement attracted his attention, he found the surroundings chaotic.

Velu was sad and miserable. He hadn’t had anything other than some peanuts and jaggery. He walked down to Kannur for a day and then took the train to Chennai. He slept on the floor near the door.

His meditation was broken when a girl called him up. She was behind his bench. She wore banian had untidy hair, and holding a huge sack on her shoulder. She picked up garbage from the platform and put that in her sack.

She asked him if he had run away from his home. He was lost in his own thoughts that his father spent the money he and his sister earned on his drinks. She told him that so many children of his age come to the city to become rich.

She asked him if he was hungry and assured him to find something for him. Velu was in a dilemma about whether to trust and follow the girl or not.

The girl went ahead and was not much interested in seeing him following. However, he followed her to the road. He was scared to see so many vehicles on the road and could not cross the road.

The girl came to his rescue and helped him to cross the road. She warned him not to freeze in between the road. He was amazed to see huge signboards with the varied pictures. He could not understand the words written on them as they were in English.

The girl walked up to a bridge from where Velu peeped through the railing. She advised him not to get caught as they were passing beside the central jail. She moved ahead with a sack on her shoulder Velu was inquisitive to know what was she carrying in that yet could not dare to ask.

Velu realized that walking bare feet was intolerable on the road whereas he could easily roam around in the village. He tried to walk in shade and altogether kept pace with the girl.

It took almost an hour to reach a building where the marriage ceremony was going on. She led him behind it to a garbage bin which was stinky. She threw a vada towards him. When she was observed that he was hesitant, she told him that she did not have any money to buy food.

Velu surrendered before the high intensity of hunger. She asked if he was coming along or wanting to wait. He was aware of the fact that he could not manage alone so he ran after her.

He asked for her name and then they both moved further towards her home. He observed that the hutments were made of metal sheets, tires, bricks, wood, and plastic. He told her that houses in his village were built with mud and palm leaves.

She put her full sack and picked up another sack. She gave him shoes to wear.

He was puzzled with the utility of garbage for the girl. He knew the job of working in the land owner’s farm and taking cows to graze. He asked if there were any farms. Jaya told him that there were no farms. She called herself a rag picker.

She further added that they were selling their rubbish for money. She rebuked him for taking too long to decide. Velu was optimistic enough so he agreed to the job. He knew that he could switch over to a new & better job in the future.

How to Tell Wild Animals Summary Analysis and Explanation

How to Tell Wild Animals Summary Analysis and Explanation

About the Poet
George Leslie Norris (1921-2006) was a prize winning Welsh poet and short story writer. He is considered as most important Welsh writer of the post war period and his literary works have won many prizes. His famous works are Finding Gold, The loud winder, phoenix living poets series: Ransoms, etc.

Poet Name Carolyn Wells
Born 18 June 1862, United States
Died 26 March 1942, New York, New York, United States
Nationality American
Movies Our Mutual Girl, The Countess Charming, The Woman Next Door, Dearie

How to Tell Wild Animals Summary of the Lesson

The poem ‘How to Tell Wild Animals” has been composed by Carolyn Wells. In this poem, the poetess is describing different wild animals. If by chance you go to any forest in the east and if a huge terrible animal comes to you and if it roars loudly and if you are dying then you will come to know that it is an Asian Lion.

If a wild animal with black stripes on yellow hide welcomes you and eats you then this simple rule will teach you that it is Bengal tiger. When strolling if you see an animal whose hide is covered with spots and it jumps at you and starts eating you then you understand that it is a leopard.

There will be no use of shouting with pain because it will continuously eat you. If you are just walking around in your yard and an animal meets you and it hugs you tightly then believe that it is a bear. If you have any doubt then poetess thinks that it will kiss you.

A beginner may be confused to recognize animals. You can differentiate between crocodiles and hyena. Hyena always smiles but if tears come from its eyes then it is a crocodile. An original chameleon is like a lizard. It does not have ears or wings. If there is nothing on the tree then you will find there a Chameleon.

The poetess has described the wildlife vividly and in a lively manner. When we read the poem, we feel ourselves among wild animals in the forest.

A Tiger in the Zoo Summary

A Tiger in the Zoo Summary

About the Poet Leslie Norris
The poem written by Leslie Norris explains the agony and helplessness of a caged tiger that lives in a zoo. The poet explains what his life could be if he had been a free animal. The poet has tried to explain the condition of animals that are caged by human beings for their own fun.

Poet Name Leslie Norris
Born 21 May 1921, Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
Died 6 April 2006, Provo, Utah, United States
Parents George, Mary Jane Norris
Spouse Catherine Morgan
Nationality Welsh, British

A Tiger in the Zoo Summary of the Lesson

The poem ‘A Tiger in the Zoo’ has been composed by Leslie Norris.

In this poem, the poet contrasts a tiger in the zoo to those living in his natural habitat. The poet starts the description from the zoo to the jungle, and back again to the zoo. There is a great difference between the condition.

When he is in the jungle and when he is in the zoo in the natural surroundings he is very happy, but in the cage he is restless and furious.

The poet says that in the cage the tiger walks in full range over the pads of velvet. But when the tiger is in his natural place, he lurks in shadow.

He slips through the long grass near the source of water to catch the deer in the jungle, he terrorises the villagers with his bare teeth, but in the prison, he moves in rage.

FAQs on A Tiger in the Zoo Summary

Q1. Who is the poet of a tiger in the zoo?
Ans: Leslie Norris

Q2. What message does the poem a tiger in the zoo give us?
Ans: The message conveyed by the poem is that just like humans, animals too long for freedom and do not like being caged. For instance, the tiger in the poem longs to be in the jungle and he looks longingly at the shining stars in the sky. By looking at the stars, the tiger hope to be with nature some day

Q3. What are the poetic devices used in the poem a tiger in the zoo?
Ans: Poetic Devices in A Tiger in the Zoo

  • Rhyme scheme
  • Rhetorical devices
  • Personification: This rhetorical device is used to bestow human qualities on something that is not human. …
  • Metaphor: This rhetorical device is used when a covert comparison is made between two different things or ideas.

Q4. How does the poet contrast the tiger in the zoo with the tiger in the jungle?
Ans: This poem contrasts a tiger in the zoo in his cage with the tiger in its natural habitat. … The poet feels that the tiger should have been moving freely in the forest and hunting at his will. But now he is locked in a concrete cell behind the bars. At night he watches stars with his brilliant eyes and longs for freedom.

When I Set out for Lyonnesse Summary

When I Set out for Lyonnesse Summary

About The Poet Thomas Hardy

The poem was written in 1869 and was first published in 1914 in Thomas Hardy’s collection of poems, Satire of Circumstances, Lyrics and Reveries. Lyonnesse is a mythical place of the Arthurian legend and the poet’s employment of a mythical atmosphere adds a mystical flavor to the poet’s subsequent journey.

Poet Name Thomas Hardy
Born 2 June 1840, Stinsford, United Kingdom
Died 11 January 1928, Dorchester, United Kingdom
Poems The Darkling Thrush, Neutral Tones, The Man He Killed, MORE
Movies Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, MORE

When I Set out for Lyonnesse Introduction

Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset, England in 1840. As a novelist, he is best known for his work set in the semi-fictionalized county of Wessex including, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. He was also an accomplished poet. Hardy died in 1928.

The poet is a young architect who went to Lyonnesse to supervise the renovation work of a dilapidated church. It was 100 miles away. It was winter season and snowfall was at the peak. He was in a solitary state and during his journey he witnessed starlight.

He becomes conscious of what would happen at Lyonnesse when he would stay there. According to him no prophet can declare this and even a wizard would not be able to say what would happen at Lyonnesse.

When he returned from Lyonnesse, he had magic in his eyes. All could understand that he was filled with a rare and immeasurable radiance.

When I Set out for Lyonnesse Summary of the Poem

The poem comes from Hardy’s memory of three days of his life. The poet is a young architect who went to Lyonnesse to supervise the renovation work of a dilapidated church. It was 100 miles away. It was winter season the foliage of the tree was covered with frost he had to travel very far.

No prophet on the wisest wizard could guess the experienced poet had at Lyonnesse. He himself couldn’t predict his future.

After his journey to Lyonnesse, his eyes were bright with happiness. It was his experience which no one can measure it was revelation of life, his happiness was silent to everyone. All could understand that he was filled with a rare and immeasurable radiance.

FAQs On When I Set out for Lyonnesse Summary

Q1. What is the summary of when I set out for Lyonnesse?
Ans: To commemorate their union, the poet composed this poem and used Lyonnesse as a setting of his poem. Thus the poem is also an autobiographical allegory where the poet was in search of his love that resulted into fulfillment. The mythical Lyonnesse thus becomes here a land of joyfulness, gaiety and contentment.

Q2. What is the theme of when I set out for Lyonnesse?
Ans: What is the theme of the poem ‘When I set out for Lyonnesse’? Dear Student, … In the poem ‘When I set out for Lyonnesse’ the poet talks about the journey to the place, and the uncertainty of what would happen there. He states that no prophet would be able to say what he would see there or what his journey is all about.

Q3. What is the poet name in when I set out for Lyonnesse?
Ans: When I set out for Lyonnesse : As a young apprentice architect, British poet and novelist Thomas Hardy once visited a parish to supervise the restoration of a church.

Q4. Why did the poet go to Lyonnesse?
Ans: why did the poet go to lyonness. It is not mentioned in the poem why the poet went to Lyonnesse. This is a lyrical poem that was inspired by and describes the poet’s trip to Lyonnesse, the mythical birthplace of Sir Tristam who was an Arthurian knight. In reality the trip was made by the young poet to restore a church.

A Legend of the Northland Summary Analysis and Explanation

A Legend of the Northland Summary Analysis and Explanation

About The Poet Phoebe Cary

Summary of the poem a legend of the northland written by Phoebe Cary. This poem is a ballad. In this poem, the poet tells a ballad about the lady and the Saint. Saint Peter was hungry because of his journey worldwide.

Poet Name Phoebe Cary
Born 4 September 1822, Mount Healthy, Ohio, United States
Died 31 July 1871, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Nationality American
Genre prose
Siblings Alice Cary

A Legend of the Northland Introduction

This poem is a legend about an old lady who angered Saint Peter because of her greed. The poem is simple but teaches us a moral lesson that we should not be greedy. We must help the poor and hungry people. Human city is above all. It is the only quality that differentiates us from the animals. So, we should be compassionate towards those who genuinely need our help. Only then we can become a perfect human being. By not giving food to hungry Peter, the old lady provokes his anger who punishes her by turning her into a woodpecker.

A Legend of the Northland Summary of the Poem

In this poem, the poetess tells us a story of the Northland. At that time Saint Peter lived on the earth. He used to go round the world to preach people whom he met on the way. One day, he came to the door of a cottage where a little woman was making cakes and baking them on the hearth. Saint Peter had eaten nothing the whole day. So, he was fainting with hunger.

He asked the lady to give him a piece of cake. The woman was greedy and selfish. Giving something to anyone was a very difficult task for her. The cake that she was baking appeared to be too big. So she made a small cake for the hungry saint. But that also appeared to be too big to give away. So she made another one which was smaller even than the first. But when it was ready, it appeared to be big so she did not give him that also. Then she took an extremely little scrap of dough and rolled it flat.

She had it as thin as a wafer but she was too greedy to part with even this cake and put it on the shelf. This angered Saint Peter a lot. He told the greedy lady that she was not fit to live in the world in human form and enjoy food and shelter and warmth of fire. He cursed her and transformed her into a woodpecker who has to bore in the dry wood hard to get its scanty food. She can be seen in the wood where she still lives and keeps boring trees for her food all the day.

FAQs on A Legend of the Northland Summary

Q1. What is the summary of a legend of the Northland?
Ans: The poem is a legend about an old lady who angered Saint Peter because of her greed. The story goes’ on like this. In Northland lived a lady who was very selfish and greedy. Saint Peter while preaching the world reached her door one day.

Q2. What is the legend of the Northland as given in the poem?
Ans: “A Legend of the Northland” is a traditional, popular story composed in the style of a ballad. It narrates the legend of how St. Peter had once cursed an old lady for being mean and stingy. The poem, thus, imparts the important lesson that greed always gets punished.

Q3. Is the legend of the Northland a true story?
Ans: It is not a true story. The point of the story where the woman is turned into a woodpecker bird is the most important. This is so because the punishment teaches everyone the lesson to be generous. … Write the story of ‘A Legend of Northland’ in about ten sentences.

Q4. Who is the poet of a legend of Northland?
Ans: A Legend of the Northland. A Legend of the Northland : This poem narrates the legend of an old lady who angered Saint Peter because of her greed.