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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.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near, “You are wasting your strength with building here; Your journey will end with the ending day, You never again will pass this way; You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide, Why build this bridge at evening tide?” a. How does the fellow pilgrim react to the old man's action? What does this tell about the character of the other pilgrim? b. Explain "why build you the bridge at evening tide".
The builder lifted his old gray head; “Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said, “There followed after me to-day A youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been as naught to me To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be; He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!” a. Who is him mentioned in the above lines? b. Why is the old man building a bridge for him? c. What kind of person was the old man?

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