Class 7 Poem 4 Chiyvy Summary, Explanation along with Word Meaning and Question Answers from Honeycomb Book

Chivvy Class 7 English Honeycomb book Chivvy Poem summary and detailed explanation of the poem along with the meanings of difficult words. Also, the summary (in English and Hindi) is followed by detailed line by line explanation 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 Poem Introduction

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

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Chivvy Poem 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 Summary in Hindi

कवि को अपनी माँ द्वारा बहुत अधिक परेशानियाँ सहनी पड़ी हैं और वह उन विभिन्न घटनाओं की सूची बनाते है जिनसे उन्हें गुजरना पड़ा। वे उसे बोलने के लिए कहते हैं, भोजन से भरे मुंह से बात नहीं करने के लिए, किसी को न घूरना के लिए, किसी पर उंगली नहीं उठाने के लिए, अपनी नाक में ऊँगली नहीं डालना के लिए, सीधे बैठने के लिए, दूसरों से बात करते समय “कृपया” और “धन्यवाद” कहने के लिए कहते हैं, कम शोर करने के लिए, दरवाजा को इसे पार करने के बाद बंद करने के लिए, चलते समय अपने पैरों को न खींचने के लिए, रूमाल का उपयोग करने के लिए, अपने हाथों को अपनी जेब से बाहर रखने के लिए, अपने मोज़े ऊपर खींचने के लिए, सीधे खड़े होने के लिए, दूसरों को बात करते समय बीच में बाधित नहीं करने के लिए और अपनी कोहनियों को टेबल पर न रखने के लिए।



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 

Explanation of the Poem – 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 

Explanation of the Poem – 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 

Explanation of the Poem –  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 ?

Explanation of the Poem –  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. 

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