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  • The tale of Custard the Dragon Question Answer

    The tale of Custard the Dragon Question Answer

    The chapter the tale of custard the Dragon  is the poem after ninth chapter of  English textbook First Flight for Class XThe tale of Custard the Dragon is written by Ogden Nash. This poem is written in the style of a ballad, a song or poem that tells a story. You must be familiar with ballads that narrate tales of courage or heroism. This poem is a humorous ballad close to a parody. It is a very interesting poem. Here you can find out possible question answer. Please write below your opinion if this is helpful.

    Question: Who is the characters in this poem? List them with their pet names.

    Answer: The characters in this poem are Belinda, a little black kitten, a little grey mouse, a little yellow dog, a little pet dragon and a pirate.

    Character Pet Name
    Kitten Ink
    Mouse Blink
    Dog Mustard
    Dragon Custard

    Question: Why did Custard cry for a nice safe cage? Why is the dragon called “cowardly dragon”?

    Answer: Custard cried for a nice, safe cage because it was a coward. It is called a ‘cowardly dragon’ because everybody else in the house was brave. Belinda was as brave as a barrel of bears. Ink and Blink are described as so brave that they could chase lions down the stairs and Mustard was as brave as a tiger in rage. Compared to them, Custard cried asking for a nice and safe cage, which is why it is called a coward.

    Question: “Belinda tickled him, she tickled him unmerciful…” why?

    Answer: Belinda tickled the dragon unmercifully because it was very scared and cried for a safe cage. They all laughed at it as it was a coward.

    Question: The poet has employed many poetic devices in the poem. For example: “Clashed his tail like iron in a dungeon” – the poetic device here is a simile. Can you with your partner, list som more such poetic devices used in the poem?

    Answer: In the entire poem, the poet has made extensive use similies. Apart from simile, another poetic device that has been used is repetition. For example, the repetitive use of the word ‘little’ in the first stanza to emphasise how everything from the house to Belinda to her pets were all little. Also, in the seventh stanza, the poet has made use of incorrect spelling as a poetic device to maintain the rhyme scheme of the poem. He has chosen to write ‘winda’ instead of ‘window’ as ‘winda’ rhymes with ‘Belinda’, whereas ‘window’ does not. He has also used alliteration in the poem. For example, in the tenth stanza, ‘Custard’ has’ clashed his tail with a clatter and a clink. Similarly, in stanza eleven, the pirate ‘gaped at the dragon and gulped some grog’.

    Question: Do you find The Tale of Custard the Dragon to be a serious or a light-hearted poem? Give response to support your answer.

    Answer: The Tale of Custard the Dragon is a light-hearted poem. It is almost a parody. The names of the pets of Belinda are all rhyming and funny. Belinda hgas been compared to a barrel full of bears. The kitten and mouse, both little, could chase lions down the stairs. The little yellow dog was as brave as a tiger, while the dragon was a coward and they all teased him. However, when the pirate came to their little house, all of them were engulfed in fear and had hid themselves. Ironically, the ‘cowardly’ dragon came to their rescue and jumped snorting like an engine. It clashed its tail and charged at the pirate like a robin at a wormy and ate him up. Even as everybody became happy to see the bravery of the dragon, they again came back to glorifying themselves that they could have been twice or thrice brave than the dragon. Finally, at the end of the poem, the situation again came back to the other pets being brave and the dragon being the coward. 

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