9- The Feed”

AHMAD NADEEM QASMI
  1. What does the sparrow hold in her beak? Why does the mother sparrow bring millet in her beak?

The mother sparrow holds a grain of millet in her beak to feed her ten newborns. 

  1. How many young ones are to be fed by the mother sparrow?

There are ten young children to be fed by the mother sparrow. They are very tiny. They cannot fly because they have no feathers.

  1. What is the confusion or problem of the mother sparrow?

The mother sparrow has ten young ones. All of them are hungry. The mother sparrow is worried because there is only one grain to feed the ten young ones and she also does not know how to break this grain to satisfy her children.

  1. What is the main theme/idea/lesson of the poem? Or what do you feel after reading this poem?

The poem describes the deep love of a mother for her young ones. They are seven in number. The mother sparrow goes out and brings a grain of millet in her beak to feed them. The poem also shows hatred against nuclear weapons and gives emphasis on the equal distribution of food among the whole masses. It depicts the shortage of food not only for men but also for birds. Poverty is a worldwide problem. 

  1. What has the poet described in this poem?

The poem has described the love of the mother sparrow for her children.

  1. Which line in the first stanza tells us that the young ones have no feathers?

The fourth line in the first stanza tells us that the young ones have no feathers.

 Reference to the Context

REFERENCE:

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

CONTEXT:

         The poem describes the deep love of a mother for her young ones. They are seven in number. The mother sparrow goes out and brings a grain of millet in her beak to feed them. The poem also shows hatred against nuclear weapons and gives emphasis on the equal distribution of food among the whole masses. It depicts the shortage of food not only for men but also for birds. Poverty is a worldwide problem. 

EXPLANATION:

Stanza-1

In these lines, the poet describes the spiritual attachment between a sparrow mother and her young ones. She sacrifices her comfort and peace for their safe survival. The mother sparrow goes out and brings a grain of millet in her beak to feed her ten newborns who have no feathers. They are crying and she tries to satisfy all of them. When they cry only their beaks can be seen.

Stanza-2

In these lines, the poet describes the problem of the mother sparrow. The mother sparrow has ten young ones. All of them are hungry. She is worried because there is only one grain to feed the ten young ones and she also does not know how to break this grain to satisfy her children. The poet wants to tell the problem of poverty.

Stanza-3

The children in hunger start crying. The poet says that splitting the grain provides life and pleasure to all.  However, sorrows spread by breaking the atom.  Now it depends upon man which way he adopts.

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