A Roadside Stand
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The little old house was out with a little new shed
In front at the edge of the road where the traffic sped,
A roadside stand that too pathetically pled,
It would not be fair to say for a dole of bread,
But for some of the money, the cash, whose flow
The flower of cities from sinking and withering faint.
The polished traffic passed with a mind ahead.
a. What does the 'little old house' refer to?
b. What is the condition of the roadside stand?
c. What was the real purpose of setting up of a roadside stand?
d. Explain: 'too pathetically pled.'
e. How would this money help the country folk?
f. How do the passers-bi react? Is their attitude right?
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Or if ever aside a moment, then out of sorts
At having the landscape marred with the artless paint
Of signs that with N turned wrong and S turned wrong
Offered for sale wild berries in wooden quarts,
Or crook-necked golden squash with silver warts
a. What does the poet mean by, 'if ever aside a moment'?
b. Explain: 'out of sorts.'
c. What are the complaints of the city dwellers?
d. What are the city dwellers offered at the roadside stand?
e. Do you think the city dwellers are happy with what they are offered?
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Or beauty rest in a beautiful mountain scene,
You have the money, but if you want to be mean,
Why keep your money (this crossly) and go along.
The hurt to the scenery wouldn't be my complaint
So much as the trusting sorrow of what is unsaid:
a. Explain: "Or beauty rest in a beautiful mountain scene.
b. Who does 'You' refer to? What is the reason of their affluence?
c. What character trait of the city dwellers is highlighted here?
d. Does the poet approve of their behaviour?
e. What is the 'trusting sorrow'? What remains 'unsaid'?
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And ask for some city money to feel in hand
To try if it will not make our being expand,
And give us the life of the 'moving-pictures' promise
That the party in power is said to be keeping from us.
a. What does 'city money' imply?
b. What do the country folk wish for?
c. Explain: 'make our being expand.'
d. What does 'life of the moving-pictures' imply?
e. Why is the poet critical of the ruling government?
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It is in the news that all these pitiful kin
Are to be bought out and mercifully gathered in
To live in villages, next to the theatre and the store,
Where they won’t have to think for themselves anymore
a. What is in the news?
b. Who are the 'pitiful kin'?
c. What promise is given to the rustics?
d. How will the country folk be benefited?
e. Are these promises fu1filled?
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While greedy good-doers, beneficent beasts of prey;
Swarm over their lives enforcing benefits
That are calculated to soothe them out of their wits,
And by teaching them how to sleep they sleep all day,
Destroy their sleeping at night the ancient way.
a. Explain: 'greedy good-doers.'
b. Explain the irony in the expression: 'beneficent beasts of prey.'
c. What kinds of benefits are enforced on the country?
d. Explain: 'soothe them out of their wits.'
e. Who teaches them to sleep and how'?
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Sometimes I feel myself I can hardly bear
The thought of so much childish longing in vain,
The sadness that lurks near the open window there,
That waits all day in almost open prayer
For the squeal of brakes, the sound of a stopping car,
Of all the thousand selfish cars that pass
a. What can't the narrator bear?
b. What does 'childish longing' imply'?
c. Why is 'sadness' lurking at the open window'?
d. What do the people at the roadside stand wait for?
e. Why are the cars referred to as selfish?
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Just one to inquire what a farmer's prices are.
And one did stop, but only to plow up grass
In using the yard to back and turn around;
And another to ask the way to where it was bound;
And another to ask could they sell it a gallon of gas
They couldn't (this crossly); they had none, didn't it see?
a. What does 'one' refer to?
b. What do the country folk expect them to enquire for?
c. Did the car stop to enquire for the prices?
d. What are the other reasons for which the cars stopped at the roadside stand?
e. How did the people at the roadside react at their enquiry?
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No, in country money, the country scale of gain,
The requisite lift of spirit has never been found,
Or so the voice of the country seems to complain,
I can't help owning the great relief it would be
To put these people at one stroke out of their pain.
And then next day as I come back into the sane,
I wonder how I should like you to come to me-
And offer to put me gently out of my pain.
a. What does the poet mean by 'country money' or 'country scale of gain'?
b. What spirit is lacking in the countryside?
c. What does the voice of the country complain '?
d. What is the wish of the poet?
e. How does the poet express his concern for the country people?
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Why and where was the roadside stand set up?
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What role does money play in the development of cities?
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What things are for sale at the roadside stand?
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Why are the ‘greedy good-doers’ swarming over these people?
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With what purpose do cars stop at the roadside stand? Mention any two?
When the cars stop near the roadside stand, what do they do?
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What are the things about which the travelers complained?
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What are the grievances of the villagers?
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What plans have the city people made for the village people?
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Comments on the poets suggestion of relieving the suffering of the villages.
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What is the ‘childish longing’ that the poet refers to? Why is it ‘vain’?
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How does Frost want to relieve the suffering of the villagers? Comment on the suggestion.
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