Vocation Class 6 English Poem 7 Explanation, Question Answer

Vocation Class 6 English Honeysuckle Book Poem 7 Explanation

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Vocation NCERT Solution Class 6 English Honeysuckle book Poem 7 Explanation, Question Answer

Vocation Class 6 English Honeysuckle Book Poem 7 – 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 7- Vocation

By Rabindranath Tagore


Vocation Poem Introduction

This poem is written by Rabindranath Tagore and displays a child’s yearning and wishes. It speaks about how a child is unaware of the harshness connected to daily life and gets attracted to various things in life.

See: A House, A Home Class 6 CBSE English Poem

Vocation Poem Summary

In this poem a child speaks about his wishes and attractions. It shows the state of his wavering but innocent mind. The poem is about how a child gets attracted to the ways of people around him and finds different curiosities and attractions in their lives. He is not aware of the tough routine they have to go through. It also shows his innocence and lack of worldly sense.
At three different points of time during the day he notices different hawkers and gets impressed by their free choices and independent way of life.
When the gong sounds ten in the first part of the day, he goes to his school and sees the vendor crying “Bangles, precious stone bangles!” and he wishes he could be a peddler and move freely anywhere just like him.
At four in the evening, while returning from school at the same time, he sees the plant specialist burrowing the ground and he wanted to be a nursery worker. He wished to play in the dust.
At the point when night falls his mom sends him to bed and he sees the guardian through the window and he wishes he could be a gatekeeper so that he could also move here and there in the streets at night freely.


Vocation Poem Summary in Hindi

इस कविता में एक बच्चा अपनी इच्छाओं और आकर्षणों के बारे में बात करता है। यह उनके डगमगाते लेकिन मासूम दिमाग की स्थिति को दर्शाता है। कविता इस बारे में है कि कैसे एक बच्चा अपने आसपास के लोगों के तौर-तरीकों से आकर्षित होता है और उनके जीवन में विभिन्न जिज्ञासाओं और आकर्षणों को ढूंढता है। उन्हें इस बात की जानकारी नहीं है कि उन्हें किस कठिन दिनचर्या से गुजरना पड़ता है। यह उनकी मासूमियत और सांसारिक समझ की कमी को भी दर्शाता है।
दिन के दौरान तीन अलग-अलग समय पर वह अलग-अलग फेरीवालों को देखता है और उनकी स्वतंत्र पसंद और जीवन के स्वतंत्र तरीके से प्रभावित होता है।
जब दिन के पहले भाग में घंटा बजता है तो वह अपने स्कूल जाता है और विक्रेता को रोता हुआ देखता है “चूड़ियाँ, कीमती पत्थर की चूड़ियाँ!” और वह चाहता है कि वह एक पेडलर बन सके और उसकी तरह कहीं भी स्वतंत्र रूप से घूम सके।
शाम चार बजे, उसी समय स्कूल से लौटते समय, वह पौधे विशेषज्ञ को जमीन खोदते हुए देखता है और वह नर्सरी कार्यकर्ता बनना चाहता है। वह धूल में खेलना चाहता था।
जब रात होती है तो उसकी माँ उसे बिस्तर पर भेज देती है और वह खिड़की के माध्यम से अभिभावक को देखता है और वह चाहता है कि वह एक द्वारपाल बन जाए ताकि वह रात में गलियों में भी स्वतंत्र रूप से इधर-उधर घूम सके।


Vocation Poem Explanation

When the gong sounds ten in the morning and
I walk to school by our lane,
Every day I meet the hawker crying, “Bangles,
crystal bangles!”

Word meaning
an object made of metal which gives sound when struck
Hawker: Person who travels and shouts to sell goods
Crystal: a jewel which looks clear and transparent just  like ice
Vendor: a street salesman

Explanation of the above poem : The child said that when the gong struck and made a sound to declare the first part of the day, it was 10 O’clock. He said that this was also the time for him to go to school. On his way to school, he used to watch a salesman who would shout “bangles, crystal bangles” to sell his bangles.

There is nothing to hurry him on, there is no
road he must take, no place he must go to, no
time when he must come home.

Explanation of the above poem : While looking at him, the child had a thought that the vendor was free. He was in no hurry to reach anywhere, unlike the child who had to reach his school on time and come back home. He thought that the bangle seller was free of any time constraints, place boundation means he was free to move to any place unlike him. He felt as if he was under strict observation and the vendor was enjoying complete freedom.

I wish I were a hawker, spending my day in
the road, crying, “Bangles, crystal bangles!”

Explanation of the above poem : Thus, he was so impressed by his freedom that he wished to be a hawker. He wished to move freely and shout just like him in the streets.

When at four in the afternoon I come back from
the school,
I can see through the gate of that house the
gardener digging the ground.

Word meaning
break up the soil or earth with hands or tools.

Explanation of the above poem : The child after coming back from school at four in the afternoon noticed the gardener through the gate of the house.He would peep out and notice him digging soil.

He does what he likes with his spade, he soils
his clothes with dust, nobody takes him to
task, if he gets baked in the sun or gets wet.
I wish I were a gardener digging away at the
garden with nobody to stop me from digging.

Word meaning
a sharp edged tool used for digging and cutting
baked in the sun: Heated because of excessive sunlight, excessive Sun exposure
digging away: to devote serious and consistent effort

Explanation of the above poem : Here the child was attracted by his freedom to be in the dust and do the things of his choice with his tools. He thought that the gardener had the freedom to dirty his clothes with soil, play with his tools, stay in the sun for longer hours, get wet with sweat or do anything and he was not getting any punishment for all this. Whereas if he would have been punished for all this. So, completely unaware of the hardships of that worker, he was attracted to be a gardener to do things of his choice and no one around to stop him.

Just as it gets dark in the evening and my
mother sends me to bed,
I can see through my open window the
watchman walking up and down.
The lane is dark and lonely, and the street-
lamp stands like a giant with one red eye in
its head.

Word meaning
walking up and down:
to move back and forth, from one side to the other
giant : an imaginary superhuman

Explanation of the above poem : At night his mother would send him to sleep in his room where there used to be an open window. From there he would notice a watchman walking here and there from one side to the other in the dark, lonely street. He also had a lamp in his hand which looked to him like a superhuman with a red-eye in its head.

The watchman swings his lantern and walks
with his shadow at his side, and never once
goes to bed in his life.

Word meaning
to move from one side to another

Explanation of the above poem : He would move his lamp from one side to another. His shadow was also visible on his side while he walked.The child thought that the watchman would never have slept at night all his life.

I wish I were a watchman walking the street
all night, chasing the shadows with my

Word meaning
pursue, run after

Explanation of the above poem : The child was so attracted to the moves that he wished to be a watchman who could walk all night in the streets, running after his shadows with a lantern in hand.


Vocation Poem Question and Answers

Your partner and you may now be able to answer these questions.
(i) Who is the speaker in the poem? Who are the people the speaker meets?
What are they doing?
Ans. The speaker is a child. The speaker meets a hawker,a gardener and a watchman. They are doing their job- Hawker is selling bangles, Gardener is planting plants and watchman is walking in the streets.

(ii) What wishes does the child in the poem make? Why does the child want to be a hawker, a gardener, or a watchman? Pick out the lines in each stanza, which tell us this.
The child in the poem wishes to be a hawker, a gardener, and a watchman. When he looks at the hawker, he wishes to spend his day on the road crying “Bangles, crystal bangles!” He feels that there is nothing to hurry the hawker on. There is no road he must take, no place he must go to, and no fixed time when he must come home. These are the things that he cannot do himself and therefore, he wants to be a hawker so that he could do all these things.
Next, he wishes he were a gardener because a gardener does what he likes with his spade. He soils his clothes with dust. Nobody scolds him if he gets baked in the sun or gets wet. Therefore, if the little child were a gardener, nobody would stop him from digging.
Finally, he sees the watchman and wishes to be like the watchman so that he could walk through dark and lonely streets all night with his lantern and chase shadows. When he is put to bed and is not allowed to roam outside, he sees the watchman swinging his lantern with his shadow at his side and he feels that the watchman never even once has to go to bed in his whole life. Therefore, he wants to be a hawker, a gardener, and a watchman so that he could do all the things they did as being a child he is unable to do all that.

(iii) From the way the child envies the hawker, the gardener and the watchman, we can guess that there are many things the child has to do, or must not do.
Make a list of the do’s and don’ts that the child doesn’t like.
The first line is done for you.

The child must
The child must not
come home at a fixed time.
get his clothes dirty in the dust.


The Child Must
The Child Must Not
Obey his parents and be with them
Must not disobey his parents.
Come home on time and go to bed early.
Play in  the sun in summers or get wet or get dirty.
Go to school every day
Must not go alone anywhere.

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