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NCERT Solution for Class 7 English Honeycomb Book Poem 4 Chivvy Summary, Explanation, Question Answer


Chivvy NCERT Class 7 English Honeycomb book Poem 4 Chivvy Summary and Detailed explanation of the poem along with the meanings of difficult words. Also, the explanation is followed by a Summary of the poem. All the exercises and Questions and Answers given at the back of the lesson have been covered. Take Free Online MCQs Test for Class 7 Click Here

Chivvy Introduction

The poet shares his childhood experiences of being constantly nagged by his mother.


Chivvy Class 7 Video Explanation




Chivvy Summary

The poet has suffered a lot of nagging by his mother and he lists down the various instances of nagging that he has gone through. They ask him to speak up, not to talk with mouth full of food, not to stare, not to point his finger at someone, not to pick his nose, to sit straight, to say “please” and “thank you” while talking to others, to make less noise, to shut the door after crossing it, not to drag his feet while walking, to use a hankie, to keep his hands out of his pockets, to pull up his socks, to stand straight, not to interrupt others while they are talking and not to keep his elbows on the table.


Chivvy Poem Explanation


Grown-ups say things like: 

Speak up 

Don’t talk with your mouth full 

Don’t stare 

Don’t point 

Don’t pick your nose 


The poet complains that the elders nag the children by asking them to speak, not to talk when they have food in their mouth, not to stare, not to point finger at someone, not to put their finger in the nostril. The poet has suffered from a lot of nagging by his mother.

Sit up 

Say please 

Less noise 

Shut the door behind you 

Don’t drag your feet 

Haven’t you got a hankie ? 

Take your hands out of 

your pockets 


The poet adds a few more instances of nagging. The parents order children to sit up, to say “please” while talking to someone, not to make noise, to close the door when they pass through it, and not to drag their feet while walking. The mother asks him that he does not have a hankie to use and she also asks him to take his hands out of his pocket.


Pull your socks up 

Stand up straight

Say thank you 

Don’t interrupt 

No one thinks you’re funny 

Take your elbows off the table 

The poet is so upset of the constant nagging when his mother asks him to pull up his socks, to stand straight, to say “thank you” to others, not to interrupt others when they are talking, and she says that he is not considered to be funny and that he should not keep his elbow on the table.


Can’t you make your own 

mind up about anything ?

Finally, she nags him by saying that he cannot decide about anything and that he is always confused.


Chivvy Question Answers

Q1. When is a grown-up likely to say this? 

Don’t talk with your mouth full. 

Ans. When a person speaks with a mouth full of food, he can spill the food onto the listener. Also, his speech will not be clear. In such a situation the grown-ups can ask him not to speak with a mouth full.


Q2. When are you likely to be told this? 

Say thank you. 

Ans. When we are talking to elders or relatives, at that time we can be asked to say thank you.


Q3. When do you think an adult would say this? 

No one thinks you are funny. 

Ans. When we tend to create fun and crack jokes, we can be told that no one thinks us to be funny.


Q4. The last two lines of the poem are not prohibitions or instructions. What is the adult now asking the child to do? Do you think the poet is suggesting that this is unreasonable? Why? 

Ans. In the last two lines the adult is saying that the child cannot make up his mind on anything. After so much nagging when the child gives up on everything and stops doing anything then he gets to listen that he cannot decide upon anything. This seems to be unreasonable.


Q5. Why do you think grown-ups say the kind of things mentioned in the poem? Is it important that they teach children good manners, and how to behave in public? 

Ans. Grown-ups say these things to teach manners to the child. This is very important and is a crucial part of upbringing. However, sometimes it gets overwhelming for the child. One should use moderation while guiding the children. 


NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English

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The Ashes that Made Tree Bloom Chapter 4 Quality Chapter 5Expert Detectives Chapter 6 
The Invention of Vita Wonk Chapter 7 Fire: Friend and Foe Chapter 8 A Bicycle in Good Repair Chapter 9 


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