The Bridge Builder
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An old man going a lone highway, Came, at the evening cold and gray, To a chasm vast and deep and wide. Through which was flowing a sullen tide The old man crossed in the twilight dim, The sullen stream had no fear for him; But he turned when safe on the other side And built a bridge to span the tide. a. Name the poem and the poet. b. Where was the old man and what time of the day it was? c. What is the rhyme scheme used in the poem? d. Do you think the old man was nervous while crossing the river? e. What is the poetic device used in the above lines? f. What did the old man do after crossing the river? g. What poetic device has been used in the above lines?
a. The poem is bridge builder and the poet is Will Allen Dromgoole. b. The old man was passing by an empty Highway and he was near a chasm under which flowed a Tide. c. The rhyme scheme used in the poem is aabb. d. No, the old man had no fears while crossing the stream. We get to know this from the fact that he crossed it in dim light and he had no fear of the stream. e. The poetic device used in the above lines is alliteration; sullen stream. f. The old man started making a bridge after crossing the river. g. Personification has been used in the line ‘sullen Tide’ as a Tide could never be sullen or sad.