Class XI Hornbill: The Laburnum Top by Ted Highes Question Answer
The chapter The Laburnum Top is the 2nd poem of English textbook Hornbill for Class XI. The Laburnum Top is written by Ted Highes. It is a very sensitive poem for sensitive reader. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if it is helpful.
Question: What laburnum is called in your language?
Answer: The laburnum tree is called ‘amaltass’ in our language (Hindi).
Question: What local bird is like the goldfinch?
Answer: The local bird ‘sonchiriya’ is like goldfinch.
Answer: The beginning and the ending of the poem highlight the silence and stillness around the empty Laburnum tree.
Question: To what is the bird’s movement compared? What is the basis for the comparison?
Answer: The bird’s movement is compared to that of a lizard. The glossy smoothness between their movement is the basis for the comparison. Moreover the movement is abrupt and marked by alertness.
Question: Why is the image of the engine evoked by the poet?
Answer: The middle part of the Laburnum tree produces a lot of noise and initiates much movement also. There are a lot of sounds caused by twittering, shaking of wings and trilling. It seems as if a machine had started working. The poet calls it the engine of her family. The goldfinch feeds the young ones in the same way as a worker stokes fuel (coal) in a railway engine.
Question: What do you like most about the poem?
Answer: The poem gives a fine description of the sounds and movements of a goldfinch in a laburnum tree in autumn season. The sensuousness of the poem has a deep appeal for a sensitive reader.
Question: What does the phrase ‘her barred face identity mask’ mean?
Answer: The face of the goldfinch is only partly visible. The bars on her her face serve as marks for her identity. They hide more than they reveal.