It is a fable in poetic form. A fable is a story, often with animals as characters,that conveys a moral.This poem about an ant and a cricket contains an idea of far reaching significance, which is as true of a four legged cricket as of a two legged ones. You must have seen a cricket that has two legs.
This is the story of a cricket who spent his summer singing. When the winter came he started starving. He went to ant and wished to borrow grain. But they asked him what he did in summer. He replied that he sang in the summer. They asked him to dance in winter. There are crickets in our society. Some have four legs some have two.
At last by starvation and famine made bold, All dripping with wet,and all trembling with cold, Away he set off to a miserly ant, To see if, to keep him alive,he would grant Him shelter from rain, And a mouthful of grain, He wished only to borrow; He’d repay it tomorrow; If not, he must die of starvation and sorrow . STANZA:2
Find out the rhyming words in the paragraph above ?
STANZA:3 Says the ant to the cricket,I’m your servant and friend, But we ants never borrow;we ants never lend. But tell me,dear cricket,did you lay nothing by When the weather was warm ? Quoth the cricket,Not I ! My heart,was so light That I sang day and night, For all nature looked gay ‘ You sang,Sir,you say? Go then, ‘says the ant, ‘and dance winter away.’
STANZA : 4 Thus ending, he hastily lifted the wicket, And out of the door turned the poor little cricket. Folks call this a fable.I’ll warrant it true: Some crickets have four legs,and some have two.
Fill in the blanks with the hints given in the box . The ant and cricket were true friends. But the ant________help the cricket in need as it ________throughout the______and did not save anything for future. The cricket ______and the ant taught him a lesson by not________. (helping,did not, summer, sang, regretted)
Moral of the poem: Lay by for the rainy day. If we are lazy and do not want to work,Nobody will help us and we’ll have to starve.
PREPARED BY : GROUP- III Mrs. Shikha Srivastava T.G.T.English(J.N.V.Pratapgarh) Miss. Anita Verma T.G.T.English(J.N.V.Kanpur Nagar)
We express our gratitude to: Mr.A.K. Shukla, Assistant Commissioner, Lucknow Region Dr. U.C.Bajpai Ex.D.D.,N.V.S. Mr.T. Sagar Principal,J.N.V,Almora Mr. Vikram Joshi Principal,J.N.V.,U.S.Nagar Miss. Veena Rawat P.G.T.English J.N.V.Uttarkashi Mr. Rajesh Gupta P.G.T.,English,J.N.V.Almora ACKNOWLEDGEMENT