Meadow Surprises

Working with the poem (Page 124)

Question 1.
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.

The meadows are covered with velvet grass which is very soft to walk in.

(ii) The butterfly has long probosics with help of which it sucks nector.

(iii) Meadow house means the open place covered with grass where creatures like rabbits, snakes, ants etc. make burrows or mounds.

(iv) Mound is a small hill. Ants have collected soil particles which looks like a wonderful mound.

(v) Fuzzy head is the puffy tuft of the dandelion which floats in the air.

Question 2.
Which line in the poem suggests that you need a keen eye and a sharp ear to enjoy a meadow ? Read aloud the stánza that contains this line.

The line is : “If you look and listen well.” The stanza is given below which you may read aloud: Oh! Meadows have surprises And many things to tell; You may discover these yourself, If you look and listen well.

Question 3.
Find pictures of the kinds of birds, insects and scenes mentioned in the poem.

For self-attempt. You yourself have to collect pictures of the birds, insects and scenes mentioned in the poem.

Question 4.
Watch a tree or a plant, or walk across a field or park at the same time everyday for a week. Keep a diary of what you see and hear. At the end of the week, write a short paragraph or poem about your experiences. Put your writing up on the class bulletin board.

For self-attempt and a class-room activity.


The poet says the meadows offer surprises. We see a butterfly resting upon a butter cup, the rabbit when it hops and dandelion flutters when air blows. Poet wishes to explore the meadows to find about the burrows, nest and ant’s mound. But for this we have to “look and listen well.”

Word Notes

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Honeycomb Poem 8 Meadow Surprises

Complete Hindi Translation

Walk across. ……………. ear.(Page 123)

एक हरे मैदान से, पार्क अथवा वृक्षों के झुरमुट से गुजरो और आप कई आश्चर्यजनक चीजें पायेंगे। एक तीक्ष्ण दृष्टि . तथा तेज कान के व्यक्ति के लिए चरागाह में कितने आश्चर्य हैं?

1. Meadows.. ……. the brook? (Page 123)

चरागाहों में आश्चर्य हैं
तुम अगर देखो तो पाओगे;
मखमली घास पर आराम से चलो
और जलधारा (की आवाज) सुनो।

2. You may……………..(Page 123)

तुम्हें शायद तितली दिखाई दे
बटरकप पर आराम करती हई
और अपनी पीने वाली नलिका को खोलती हुई
ताकि वह रस को पी सके।

3. You may…………. …………will. (Page 123)

तुम खरगोश को डरा सकते हो
जो बहुत शांत बैठा है
जबकि पहले तुम उसे न देख पाओ
जब वह कूदेगा, तुम देखोगे।

4. A dandelion……….. ……you blow (Page 123)

एक छोटा पीला फूल जिसका अस्पष्ट कोंपल
कुछ दिनों पहले सुनहरा था
वह हवा से भरपूर छाते में बदल गया है
जो हवा चलने से फड़फड़ाता है।

5. Explore the…. ……..mound. (Page 124)

चरागाहों की खोज करो,
धरती में बिल है, जो
लम्बी घास के नीचे एक घोंसला है,
चीटी का अद्भुत टीला है!

6. Oh! Meadows…….. ………………….will. (Page 124)

ओह! चरागाह में आश्चर्य हैं
और कई चीजें बताने को हैं;
तुम्हें इन्हें स्वयं खोजना है,
अगर तुम देखो और ध्यान से सुनो।

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