The Kite The Kite

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How bright on the blue Is a kite when it’s new! a. Name the poem and the poet. b. What does ‘blue’ refer to here? c. How does a new kite look like when it is in the sky?
a. The poem is ‘The Kite’ and the poet is Harry Behn. b. ‘Blue’ refers to the great blue sky where the kite is flying. c. A new kite looks very bright and dazzling in the sky. It shines because of the great distance from the person flying it, and because of the bright colour of the sky.
With a dive and a dip It snaps its tail Then soars like a ship With only a sail a. ‘A dive and a dip’. Why does the kite dive? b. What is the poetic device in ‘It snaps its tail’? c. What is the poetic device used in ‘Then soars like a ship’? d. How does the kite fly after it dives? e. Why does the poet say, “With only a sail”?
As over tides Of wind it rides, Climbs to the crest Of a gust and pulls, Then seems to rest As wind falls. a. What does the kite do in the wind? b. Why does the poet compare the kite’s movements to riding tides? c. What is the poetic device used in “Then seems to rest”? d. What does crest mean? What does the kite do there? e. What does the kite do when the wind falls? f. What is the poetic device used in “the wind falls”?
When string goes slack You wind it back And run until A new breeze blows And its wings fill And up it goes! a. What does ‘slack’ mean? b. What happens when the string goes ‘slack’? c. Who is running in this stanza? Why? d. What is the poetic device used in “A new breeze blows”? e. What does the kite do when it finds a new breeze? f. A kite does not have wings. Why then does the poet say, ‘And its wings fill’?
How bright on the blue Is a kite when it’s new! But a raggeder thing You never will see When it flaps on a string In the top of a tree. a. What is the poetic device used in “How bright on the blue, Is a kite when it’s new!”? b. How does the kite look when it is on top of a tree? c. How does the kite wind up in the tree?

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