My Shadow

Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me.
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head.
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

यह कविता रॉबर्ट लुइस स्टीवेंसन ने लिखी है। इस कविता में छाया के बारे में लिखा गया है।

मेरी एक छोटी सी छाया है जो मेरे साथ हर जगह चलती है। छाया की उपयोगिता मेरी समझ से कहीं ज्यादा है। वह सिर से लेकर पाँव तक बिलकुल मेरी तरह है। जब मैं बिस्तर में जाता हूँ तो वह मुझसे पहले पहुँच जाती है।



One morning, very early, before the sun I was up.
I rose and found the shinning dew on every buttercup.
But my lazy little shadow, like and arrant sleepyhead.
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

एक दिन मैं सुबह सूरज निकलने से पहले जग गया। बाहर मैंने हर फूल पर ओस की चमकती बूँदें देखी। लेकिन किसी जिद्दी बच्चे की तरह मेरी छाया घर में ही बिस्तर पर अभी भी सो रही थी।


Let’s Read

Question 1: Who do you think your shadow looks lie?

Answer: My shadow looks like me.

Question 2: Why do you think your shadow jumps into bed before you can?

Answer: As light is behind me so my shadow jumps into bed before I can.

Question 3: What time of the day do you thin it is when your shadow is the tallest? Why? (a) Morning, (b) Afternoon, (c) Night

Answer: Morning

Question 4: Read the lines from the poem and answer the following.

He is very very like me from the heels up to the head.

(a) Who does he refer to?

Answer: Shadow

(b) Who does me refer to?

Answer: Himself

(c) Why are he and me alike?

Answer: Shadow is formed by an object. So, the shadow looks like the object. For example, the shadow of a bird will look like a bird. It will never look like a monkey.


Fun Time

Answer: When the torch is near the hand, the shadow will be bigger. When the torch is far away from the hand, the shadow will be smaller.

Let’s Write

Question 1: Fill in the blanks using one of the words given in brackets

  1. Where is the child ……………parents have come to school? (who/whose/which)
  2. I saw many houses …………….were quite spacious. (which/whose/who)
  3. Mathematics ………….is my favourite subject, is so interesting. (who/which/that)
  4. The poem ………..your read out, is so lovely. (whose/which/that)
  5. In know the street ………….he lives on. (whose/that/which)
  6. I like reading books ………..have pictures in it. (that/who/which)
  7. The old lady ………….I met in your house is my neighbour. (whom/that/which)

Answer: (a) whose, (b) which, (c) which, (d) that, (e) that, (f) which, (g) whom



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