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The Wonderful Words NCERT Class 6 English Poem 6 Summary, Explanation, Difficult words meaning and QnA
The Wonderful Words Class 6 English Honeysuckle Book Poem 6 – Detailed explanation of the Poem along with the meanings of difficult words.
Also, the explanation is followed by the literary devices used and a Summary of the Poem. All the exercises and Question and Answers given at the back of the Poem has been covered.
Class 6 English (Honeysuckle Book) Poem 6 – The Wonderful Words
By Mary O’Neill
The Wonderful Words Introduction
This poem is all about the role and importance of language and language skills to shape the ideas of the mind.
The Wonderful Words Summary
Man is a gifted animal who can think and speak. Every man knows at least one language as it is a must to give expression to thoughts, ideas and feelings. All people think as well as speak. The poet advises the readers to work on their language and learn it skillfully. The poet says that we all know one language at least. We all have a mother tongue so we must have good command over it. We should not let any idea go or fade just because we don’t find the right words for it, rather conscious effort should be made to find words to express it clearly. It might be possible that idea does wonders. English is a wonderful and rich language. One can express one’s thoughts in this language without any hassles clearly and flawlessly. The need is to look for the correct and right words to express our ideas clearly. It is wrong to think that there are no more good thoughts left to be expressed. The most beautiful way to give expression to our thoughts or ideas is our words. Everyone loves to hear new and good things. The only thing is that we need to master the language and find the right words. Every thought is like a prisoner or a caged bird in our mind. We can set that idea free with the help of words. It is quite possible that the thought may be marvellous.
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The Wonderful Words Poem Explanation
Never let a thought shrivel and die
For want of a way to say it
For English is a wonderful game
Shrivel: to wither, shrink, wrinkle and contract
Wonderful:extremely good, marvellous, inspiring delight
Game: it is used here for enriched language
Here, the poet is saying that never let any idea or thought die, in other words, never let it go without giving it expression. Just because you don’t know how to speak or how to use the right words. English is a very rich language full of treasures.
And all of you can play it.
All that you do is match the words
To the brightest thoughts in your head
So that they come out clear and true
And handsomely groomed and fed—
For many of the loveliest things
Have never yet been said.
Handsomely: elegant style, attractive manner
groomed and fed— nurtured
Play: here means use
The poet says that all of you can play it which means everyone can use it effectively. You can find the perfect words for the thoughts or ideas in your head and give it a clear expression. So that people can understand it clearly and nicely. Don’t think that you can not do it. There are yet many good things, the most beautiful ones which have not been said and done just because of lack of nurturing, lack of words and knowledge. The poet is laying stress on learning a language correctly and completely.
Words are the food and dress of thought
They give it its body and swing
And everyone’s longing today to hear
Some fresh and beautiful things;
But only words can free a thought
From its prison behind your eyes
Maybe your mind is holding now
A marvellous new surprise!
Words give a structure to any thought or idea in our minds. The poet is saying that never think that we do not have any new thoughts. They are yet to be explored and searched. They yet need to come through. Thoughts and ideas are caged in our minds. If anything can set them free that is words. Words alone can give clear and beautiful expression to thoughts and ideas. Words alone can earn them praise. So it is a must to learn and perfect our language.
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The Wonderful words Class 6 Question and Answers
- With your partner, complete the following sentences in your own words using the ideas in the poem.
(i) Do not let a thought shrivel and die because ———————————
(ii) English is a —————————————————————with words that everyone can play.
(iii) One has to match ————————————————————————————
(iv) Words are the ————————————————————— of thought.
A. (i) Do not let a thought shrivel and die because of lack of understanding of a language.
(ii) English is a rich language with words that everyone can play.
(iii) One has to match the words with thoughts.
(iv) Words are the food and dress of thought.
2. In groups of four discuss the following lines and their meanings.
(i) All that you do is match the words To the brightest thoughts in your head
To give expression to thoughts one needs only right and correct words for the ideas in mind.
(ii) For many of the loveliest things Have never yet been said
Many good and beautiful things or ideas have yet not been said.
(iii) And everyone’s longing today to hear Some fresh and beautiful thing
People are waiting to hear new and good things. They will definitely accept good things.
(iv) But only words can free a thought From its prison behind your eyes
Only words have the power to set the ideas in mind free. Means only words can communicate and share ideas with others.