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Name the poet of the poem ‘Going Downhill on a bicycle’.
With lifted feet, hands still, I am poised, and down the hill Dart, with heedful mind; The air goes by in a wind. a. Name the poem and the poet. b. Where was the poet? c. How does the poet go down?
a. The poem is ‘Going Downhill on a bicycle’ and the poet is Henry Charles Beeching. b. The poet was at the edge of the hill all ready to go down in his bicycle. c. The poet goes down at a very fast pace it seems that the air had blown away like wind.
Swifter and yet more swift, Till the heart with a mighty lift Makes the lungs laugh, the throat cry:— “O bird, see; see, bird, I fly. a. Quote two lines from the poem which indicate the speed at which the narrator rides on his bicycle down the hill. b. What poetic device has been used in the above line? c. Whom does the poet address in this paragraph? d. How does the heart feel?
“Is this, is this your joy? O bird, then I, though a boy, For a golden moment share Your feathery life in air!” a. To whom is the narrator speaking? b. Whom does this refer to here? c. What effect does the repetition of the word this have on the readers? d. The poet refers to his experience as a golden moment in what way is it golden? e. What exactly does the narrator wish to know when he says is this, is this your joy in what way does the narrator shares feathery life in air?
Say, heart, is there aught like this In a world that is full of bliss? ‘Tis more than skating, bound Steel-shod to the level ground. a. The narrator feels that his experience of riding a bicycle Downhill is not as pleasurable as skating. Is the statement true? justify your answer and quote relevant lines from the poem to support your point of view. b. What does the poet question?
Speed slackens now, I float Awhile in my airy boat; Till, when the wheels scarce crawl, My feet to the treadles fall. a. Why does the speed slacken now? How does the narrator describe his speed in the first 2 stanzas of the poem? In what way was his situation different at that time? b. Explain the line till when the wheels scares crawl. c. In this Stanza the poet describes the rate of his progress with the word float. What
Alas, that the longest hill Must end in a vale; but still, Who climbs with toil, wheresoe’er, Shall find wings waiting there. a. What does the word Alas in the last stanza suggest about the feelings of the narrator at this time? Why does he feel this way? b. Do you think the poet is referring only to the act of riding a bicycle in the last three lines of the poem, or does he have a wider message to convey? Explain the last two lines of the poem.

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