The Quarrel The Quarrel

This poem beautifully sums of the relationship of siblings as to how they fight with each other over silly things and how quickly they forget about those things and move on. There are no real grudges or real reasons for them to fight it is just for the fun of it that they carry on doing so.

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With your partner try to guess the meaning of the underlined phrases. (i) And somehow we (fell out) (ii) The afternoon (turned black).
(i) It means to reach a point of disagreement and to stop talking to each other (ii) Here turned black means it was night but their fight was still going on.
Read these lines from the poem: (i) One thing led to another (ii) The start of it was slight (iii) The end of it was strong (iv) The afternoon turned black (v) Thumped me on the back Discuss with your partner what these lines mean.
Describe a recent quarrel that you have had with your brother, sister or friend. How did it start? What did you quarrel about? How did it end?
I quarrelled with my brother I don’t know what about, One thing led to another And somehow we fell out. The start of it was slight, The end of it was strong, He said he was right, I knew he was wrong! a. Name the poem and the poet. b. What was the reason for the quarrel? c. What led to the fight? d. What did they both think in the fight?
We hated one another. The afternoon turned black. Then suddenly my brother Thumped me on the back, And said, “Oh, come along! We can’t go on all night — I was in the wrong.” So he was in the right. a. What did they feel about one another? b. How long did they fight? c. How did the fight end?

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