A Teenager’s Prayer
A Teenager’s Prayer written by J. Morse is a very convincing poem. The poem is a prayer of a child to god. A teenager in her poem states that she has to make decisions every day. She has to choose the road of life. Here she needs help of god to choose the right path to success. She prays god to get the power to avoid temptation. She wants to live her life as the best for her and others.
What is the age group of the speaker in the poem?
Ans : The age group of the speaker in the poem is 13-19. It is a teenager’s prayer.
What decisions does the speaker have to take?
Ans: The speaker has to take the decisions of choosing the road of lie that leads to success or distress.
What does each new day fetch?
Ans: Each new day fetches new beginnings.
How should one react to temptation?
Ans: One should say no to the temptation.
What effect does the speaker wish to see in himself at the end of his teens?
Ans: The speaker wishes to see that his life is lived at his best in the company of god.
In what condition does the poet wish to maintain his body?
Ans : The poet wishes to maintain his body clean and fit for life each day.
Whose company does the poet wish for, in the walk of life?
Ans : The poet wishes for the company of God, in the walk of life.
1. Choose the correct alternative and complete the given sentences
(a) According to the poet…………..are brought by each new day.
(new beginnings/new endings)
(b) We must decide to take the road which leads to ……….. ( great distress/ great success)\
(c) The poet prays to the lord to help him stand for what is ………………
(d) The poet wants to see that his teenage years have been the ………. years of
his life. (worst/best)
(a) According to the poet new beginnings are brought by each new day.
(b) We must decide to take the road which leads to great success.
(c) The poet prays to the lord to help him stand for what is right.
(d) The poet wants to see that his teenage years have been the best years of
2. Find and write the pairs of rhyming words from the poem.
1 make, take
2.success, distress 3. see me…. 4. way, day 5. see, me…….
3. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem? Choose the correct one from the following options.
(i) aabb (ii) abcd (iii) abcb (iv) abba
Ans: (iii) abcb
4. Match the lines in Column A with the Figures of Speech in Column B
|Column ‘A’||Column ‘B’|
|(i)Decisions, I must make||(a)Apostrophe|
|(ii)Please open up my eyes, dear Lord||(b)Inversion|
|(iii)Travel down the darkened road||(c)Metaphor|
|(iv)I can choose to take the road of life||(d)Alliteration|
|Column ‘A’||Column ‘B’|
|Decisions, I must make||Inversion|
|Please open up my eyes, dear Lord||Alliteration|
|Travel down the darkened road||Apostrophe|
|I can choose to take the road of life||Metaphor|
Figures of speech : Poetic devices
Alliteration is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of words in a phrase, sentence etc. such as ‘That life is lived its very best.” Find out more examples of Alliteration from other poems in your book.
Inversion is a figure of speech which does not follow the correct word order in a line.
Metaphor is an implicit comparison between two objects. Here two different things are supposed to be one.
Apostrophe is a direct addressing to an absent person, an abstract idea of object.
Read the poem. Write an appreciation of the poem in about 12 to 15 sentences with the help of the following points.
|Title||A Teenager’s Prayer|
|Favourite line||That Life is lived its very best|
|Theme/Central idea||Teenagers should choose the right path to get success.|
|Figures of speech||Alliteration, Metaphor, Inversion Apostrophe|
|Special features |
Type of the poem, language, style, tone, implied meanings etc.
|The poem is in the form of prayer The language is aptly used for the speaker and the readers. One should avoid temptation and choose the right path.|
|Why I like/dislike the poem||I like this poem because it reflects my feelings.|