NCERT Solution for Class 7 English Honeycomb Book Poem 8 Meadow Surprises Summary, Explanation, Question Answer


Meadow Surprises NCERT Class 7 English Honeycomb book Poem 8 Meadow Surprises 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

Meadow Surprises Introduction

The poet details the different surprises that one can see in a meadow – we just need a curious eye and keep our ears open.


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Meadow Surprises Summary

In this poem, the poet says that the meadow is full of different things and one can explore it well. He lists down a few things that one can find in the meadow – butterflies, rabbits and flowers. Then one can also explore the farmhouses. One can find burrows, nests and anthills, to name a few of the many surprises that a meadow has in store. One has to have a curious eye and keep one’s ears open to explore the meadow.


Meadow Surprises Explanation

Meadows have surprises, 

You can find them if you look; 

Walk softly through the velvet grass, 

And listen by the brook. 

Meadows: grassland

Velvet: a fabric which has a soft feel

Brook: a small stream

The poet says that there are many surprises in grasslands. If one looks carefully, one can find them. One needs to walk lightly on the soft grass and listen to the sound produced by the flowing water in the stream.


You may see a butterfly 

Rest upon a buttercup 

And unfold its drinking straws 

To sip the nectar up. 

Buttercup: a type of flower

Drinking straws: the proboscis in the mouth of a butterfly which works as a straw

As you walk in a meadow, you may see a butterfly, sitting on a flower, sucking the flower’s sweet juice with its straw-like proboscis.


You may scare a rabbit 

Who is sitting very still; 

Though at first you may not see him, 

When he hops you will. 

Further the poet says that there may be a rabbit hidden in the grass. It could be sitting still but may get scared by the visitor’s movement, and may jump out . One may notice the presence of the rabbit only when one sees it hop out of the grass.


A dandelion whose fuzzy head 

Was golden days ago 

Has turned to airy parachutes 

That flutter when you blow.

Dandelion: a weed plant with flowers and leaves

Fuzzy: having a frizzy texture

Parachutes: a device made of cloth used by skydivers to land safely

The poet says that one may spot a withering dandelion flower. The life cycle of the flower has been described. Once the flower was golden yellow in colour, slowly, the petals lost the colour and withered. Finally, they start to fall and when someone blows at the flower, the petals fly away in the air like parachutes.

Explore the meadow houses, 

The burrows in the ground, 

A nest beneath tall grasses, 

The ant’s amazing mound. 

Explore: travel through in order to learn

Meadow houses: farmhouses

Beneath: under

Mound: here, ant hill

When one goes into the meadow, one can walk through the farmhouses. One can get to see the borrows dug by different animals. There can be seen nests under the tall grasses. Also, the huge anthills made by the tiny ants are not to be missed.


Oh! Meadows have surprises 

And many things to tell; 

You may discover these yourself, 

If you look and listen well. 

Finally, the poet ends by saying that the old farms are full of surprises and stories. One may find many different things if one has curious eyes and keeps the ears open.


Meadow Surprises Questions Answers

Q1. Read the lines in which the following phrases occur. Then discuss with your partner the meaning of each phrase in its context. 

(i) velvet grass 

(ii) drinking straws 

(iii) meadow houses 

(iv) amazing mound 

(v) fuzzy head 


(i) velvet grass means that the grass is as soft as velvet

(ii) drinking straw mwans that the proboscis of the butterfly is like a straw with which it drinks nectar.

(iii) meadow houses are the small farm buildings

(iv) amazing mound is the huge anthill made by the ants

(v) fuzzy head is the dandelion flower which has withered and the petals are fluttering, about to fly away.


Q2. Which line in the poem suggests that you need a keen eye and a sharp ear to enjoy a meadow? Read aloud the stanza that contains this line. 

Ans. The following lines suggest that one needs a keen eye and sharp ears to enjoy the meadow-

You can find them if you look; 

And listen by the brook. 

If you look and listen well.


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