Study Material of The Brook (Summary and Word Meanings)

Summary of the Poem

Study material and Summary of The Brook NCERT Class 9th

In this poem, the brook plays the role of narrator and describes its journey.
The Brook begins its journey from somewhere in the mountains, which are home to birds like ‘coots’ and ‘heron’ and ends it by joining the ‘brimming river’. On its way, it passes by many hills, ridges, towns, villages, bridges. The brook’s movement is sometimes forceful and strong, sometimes leisurely. It makes its way by eroding the banks, through cultivated, uncultivated lands and forelands. The brook is also the habitat of many kinds of fish and is full of willows, mallows and flowers. It also provides a meeting point for lovers and surface to swallows to skim. Its rushing water serves as a background for the dance of the rays of the sun.
The brook proceeds on its journey slipping, sliding, gliding, dancing, lingering, gushing. The moon, the stars make it murmur. On its way, it overcomes many hurdles and obstacles but reaches its final destination in the end. The journey of the brook becomes parallel to the journey of human life. The poet makes a reflective comment which highlights the continuity and eternal existence of the brook to the transitory nature of human life. The poet wishes to point out that just as ups and downs do not deter the brook from its journey, similarly, human beings should also take the hurdles and sorrows in their stride.

Terms and Meanings from poem

• Haunts - places frequently visited by
• Coot - a type of water bird with a white spot on the forehead
• Hern – heron (another kind of water bird)
• Sally - emerge suddenly
• Bicker - flow down with a lot of noise
• Thorpes – villages
• Trebles - high pitched tune
• Eddying - spiral movement of water.
• Babble - sound made when one talks gaily
• Fallow - land left uncultivated to regain fertility
• Foreland - piece of land that extends into the sea
• Mallow - plant with hairy stems and leaves and pink, white or purple flowers
• Lusty trout - a big freshwater fish
• Grayling – another type of fish
• Hazel - a small tree or bush with edible nuts
• Forget-me-nots - a type of flower
• Shingly - covered with small rounded pebbles
• Cresses - pungent leaved plant like a cabbage

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