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Poetry Worksheet | Class IX |CBSE

'The Road Not Taken' & 'Wind'

Note: Answer the Questions as instructed in every question.


Q1.And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden back

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted it if I should ever come back


(a) Which road does the poet choose ?

(b) Why was the poet doubtful about the first road?

(c) What does the expression ''both‟ refer to ?

(d) Find a word from the extract that means „to beat or press with feet‟.

(e) Find a word from the extract that means “crushed”.


Q2. Then took the other,

just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same.


(a) Why did the Poet take the other road?

(b) What did the poet discover while travelling on the other road?

(c) What do the given lines suggest about the speaker?



Q3. I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence;

Two roads diverged in a wood,

and I I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.


(a) How did the poet make his choice about the roads?

(b) Why did the poet take the road which was less travelled by ?

(c) Why was the poet in dilemma ?

(d) What had made a lot of difference in the poet's life?

(e) What does the term ''road‟ stand for?


Q4. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth.


(i) Where did the roads diverge ?

(ii) Where did the one road lead to ?

(iii) What does “yellow wood‟ stand for ?



Q5. The wind blows out weak fires

He makes strong fire roar and flourish

His friendship is good

We praise him everyday

(a) How does the wind affect the weak fires ?

(b) What is the effect of the wind on strong fire ?

(c) Trace a word from the extract that means “prosper”.


Q6. He won't do what you call him

So, come, let's build strong homes

Let's joint the door firmly

Practice to firm the body

Make the heart steadfast

(i) What does “he” stands for ?

(ii) What should we do to save our homes ?

(iii) Mention any two things we should do to make friends with the wind.

(iv) What is the effect of wind on fire ?

(v) Trace a word from the extract that means „firm and unwavering‟.


Q7. Wind, come softly

Don't break the shutters of the windows.

Don't scatter the papers

Don't throw down the books on the shelf

There, look what you did – you threw them all down.

You tore the pages of the books.

You brought rain again.

You're very clever at poking fun at weaklings.


(i) Write about any two destructive activities of the wind.

(ii) How can we make friends with the wind ?

(iii) Find the word from the extract which is an antonym of ''foolish‟.


Q8. Make the heart steadfast

Do this, the wind will be friends with us.

The wind blows out weak fires.

He makes strong fires roar and flourish.

His friendship is good.

We praise him everyday.

(i) How can we make wind our friend?

(ii) What advice does the poet give in the above lines?

(iii) Trace the word from the extract that means “be successful”.


Q9. Don’t throw down the books on the shelf

There, look what you did – you threw them all down

You tore the pages of the books

You brought rain again

(i) Who is `you’ in the above lines?

(ii) Why is the poet disappointed?

(iii) Name the poem and the poet?


Q10. The wind god winnows and crushes them all,

He won’t do what you tell him

So, come, let’s build strong homes.

Let’s join the doors firmly.


(a) How does the wind god come?

(b) What does the phrase `winnows and crushes them all’?

(c) Why does the poet want to join the doors firmly?


To be Continued. Keep visiting the site. Answer key will be available soon.
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