Working with the poem
1. The cricket says, “Oh! What will become of me?” When does he say it, and why? Ans: The cricket says these words when he is in his home and when he does not find any food to eat in the winter season. 2. (i) Find in the poem the lines that mean the same as “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” (Shakespeare). Ans: The line is: “But we ants never borrow; we ants never lend.”
(ii) What is your opinion of the ant’s principles? Ans: The ant’s principles teach us to plan for the future in advance. 3. The ant tells the cricket to “dance the winter away.” Do you think the word ‘dance’ is appropriate here? If so, why? Ans: The word ‘dance’ here means ‘merry-making and wasting time.’ It is appropriate here as the irresponsible cricket does not deserve any sympathy.
4. (i) Which lines in the poem express the poet’s comment? Read them aloud. Ans: "Folks call this a fable. I'll warrant it true Some crickets have four legs and some have two."
(ii) Write the comment in your own words.
Answer: Although this story of the cricket and the ant is imaginary, it has a very important moral. It teaches people to save up for the future when there is time to do so.