CBSE NCERT Class 9 English Beehive Book Poem difficult word meanings

By Ruchika Gupta


Here, the difficult words and their meanings of all the poems of CBSE NCERT Class 9 English Beehive book have been compiled for the convenience of the students. This is an exhaustive list of the words and meanings of all the poetry from the Beehive book for CBSE NCERT Class 9 English. The difficult words’ meanings have been explained in an easy language so that every student can understand easily.



Poem 1 The Road Not Taken

  1. diverged: separated and took a different direction
  2. yellow wood: a forest with decomposing leaves
  3. undergrowth: dense growth of plants and bushes means the forest)
  4. fair: As good as the other one,
  5. claim: Better option
  6. grassy: unused
  7. wanted wear: had not been used
  8. trodden means walked over.
  9. sigh: deep breath
  10. hence: here, in the future



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Poem 2 – Wind by Subramania Bharati [Translated from Tamil by A.K. Ramanujan]

  1. poking fun: making fun of something
  2. weaklings: a person who is weak
  3. crumbling: falling or to cause something to break
  4. rafter: sloping beam which support the roof of the building
  5. winnows: to broke grain free of chaff, separate grain from husk by blowing on it.
  6. steadfast – firm
  7. flourish: grow



Poem 3 Rain On The Roof By Coates Kinney

  1. Humid: something which is full of moisture.
  2. ‘shadows’ refers to the moisture laden clouds which cast a shadow on the earth.
  3. hover: Move around something
  4. melancholy: sad
  5. bliss: Happiness
  6. patter: sound of raindrops falling on the roof.
  7. Cottage chamber means the bedroom.
  8. tinkle: short, light ringing sound
  9. shingles: rectangular wooden tiles used on roofs
  10. echo: repeated sound
  11. woof: weft, the thread woven across the loom
  12. patter: sound of raindrops falling on the roof
  13. ‘busy being’ refers to human beings and here, the poet is referring to himself
  14. ere: old poetic word for ‘before’
  15. dawn: day break
  16. list: old poetic word for’ listen’
  17. refrain: a repeated part of a song or a poem; here, the sound of the rain



Poem 4 – The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

  1. arise: stand up
  2. cabin: room
  3. wattles: twisted sticks for making fences, walls
  4. glade: clearing, open space
  5. Bee loud refers to the sound made by the buzzing of the bees.
  6. veils: a piece of fine material worn by women to protect or hide the face
  7. cricket: an insect related to the grasshoppers but with shorter legs. The male produces a characteristic musical chirping sound.
  8. linnet: a small brown and grey bird with a short beak
  9. glimmer means something which is shining.
  10. night and day: all the time
  11. lapping: striking
  12. heart’s core: the innermost part of the heart



Poem 5 – A Legend of the Northland by Phoebe Cary

  1. Sledges: a vehicle on runners for conveying loads or passengers over snow or ice, often pulled by draught animals.
  2. To harness means to tie the reindeers with a rope to a sledge so that it can be used for transportation.
  3. Swift: something which runs very fast
  4. Curious: strange
  5. Saint Peter: an apostle of Christ, a disciple or follower of Jesus Christ
  6. Preaching: to give a religious talk
  7. hearth: fire place where you do cooking
  8. faint: to be weak, famished
  9. kneaded – to make dough from flour.
  10. scrap: small amount
  11. provoke: cause to get angry
  12. dwell: to live
  13. scanty: very little
  14. boring:  make a hole in something with a tool or by digging.
  15. scarlet: brilliant red colour
  16. country: belonging to the countryside i.e. rural areas



Poem 6 – No Men Are Foreign By James Kirkup

no men are foreign

  1. Beneath: under
  2. Strange: unknown
  3. dispossess: dislodge; deprive
  4. defile: make dirty; pollute
  5. outrage the innocence of: violate the purity of



Poem 7 – The Duck And The Kangaroo By Edward Lear

the duck and the kangaroo

  1. Nasty: unpleasant, bad
  2. Quack: sound made by the duck
  3. Reflection: thought, pondering
  4. Roo-matiz: refers to the disease of rheumatism
  5. Cloak: shrug



Poem 8 – On Killing A Tree By Gieve Patel

  1. Jab: sudden rough blow
  2. Leprous hide: discoloured bark
  3. Hack: cut roughly by striking heavy blows
  4. Anchoring earth: trees are held securely with the help of the roots in the earth
  5. Snapped out: chopped out
  6. Scorching and choking: the drying up of the tree after being uprooted



Poem 9 – The Snake Trying By WWE Ross

snake trying

  1. Pursuing: Chasing, following
  2. Curvings:  Twisting
  3. Glides: Moves
  4. Stroke: Hitting of the stick
  5. Reeds: Water or marsh plants with thick stems
  6. Vanishes: Disappears



Poem 10 – A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal By William Wordsworth


  1. Slumber: sleep
  2. Spirit: soul
  3. diurnal: daily
  4. (Earth’s diurnal course” is earth’s daily rotation on its axis)



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