CLASS: 11th CLASS (1ST YEAR, FSC PART 1, HSSC-1, ICS) SUBJECT: ENGLISH BOOK III (PTBB) POEM NAME: "The Feed Poem Explantion" Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi THEME
CLASS: 11th CLASS (1ST YEAR, FSC PART 1, HSSC-1, ICS)
SUBJECT: ENGLISH BOOK III (PTBB)
POEM NAME: “The Feed Poem Explantion”
Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi

THEME

The central idea of the poem is that the mother sparrow is unable to feed her ten young ones with the only she has in her beak. They are famished. “From head to toe they are beaks.” Her love is indiscriminate. It is difficult for a mother whom to give the grain and whom to deny. She is unable to split it into ten for equal distribution. Her dilemma is how to solace their hunger. She does not have the heart to deprive any one of them.

 



STANZA NO. 1
Holding a grain of millet in her beak
The mother sparrow has come to feed.
The young ones are so tiny and small
From head to toe they are beaks
When they cry.
One grain to be fed to the ten young ones

Reference:

These lines have been taken from the poem “The Feed” written by Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi.

Context:

The mother sparrow has brought a grain for the ten young ones crying for food. It is unable to choose whom to give it and whom to deny.

The Feed Poem Explanation:

There is a mother sparrow. She has returned to the nest with a grain of millet in her beak. The young ones of the sparrow are so hungry that they have become beaks all over. Their beaks look very big when they cry and open them. There is only one grain for all of them to eat.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: Why does the sparrow feed the young ones?

Ans: The mother sparrow feeds the young ones because they are unable to fly and find food. They depend on her. She is their mother and feels very deeply for them. The love of a mother is proverbial and matchless.

Q: How are the young ones beaks from head to toe?

Ans: The young ones are beaks from head to toe because they are hungry. They are crying for food. Hunger is writ large on them. Their open beaks are so big that the rest of their body looks very small.

STANZA NO. 2
To whom the mother sparrow should feed?
Conjoining beak with beak
With whom should she solace?
Fissuring the atom,
You have learnt to weep and wall in a loud tone,
Splitting the grain,
You have learnt to set life on foot
Could you split the grain?
One grain to be fed to the ten young ones.

 

The Feed Poem Explanation:

The poet says that the mother sparrow finds it difficult to decide how to satisfy the hunger of all the young ones crying for it. Whom should she feed by joining her beak to his? She cannot satisfy her own desire to feed the young ones. They have learnt to cry for the food loudly. The sparrow asks them if they can split the grain themselves. She tells them about the difficulty she is facing. The sparrow asks them to decide how to divide the single grain on the ten young ones.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: Why does the sparrow ask the young ones to distribute the grain in themselves?

Ans: The sparrow has brought only one grain. The young ones are ten. They are all crying for the food. The sparrow finds it difficult to decide whom to give and whom to deny. Therefore, she asks the young ones to make this decision.

Q: Point out the salient critical features of the poem.

Ans: “should she” and “weep and wail” are examples of alliteration. The language is informal and narrative. The sparrow is a symbol, of a poor mother. She finds it difficult to fulfill the needs of her children. Thus, the poem is symbolic. The sparrow is a symbol of the deprived class.

 

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