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Thinking about the Poem
1. Which country or countries do you think “the Northland” refers to?
2. What did Saint Peter ask the old lady for? What was the lady’s reaction?
3. How did he punish her?
4. How does the woodpecker get her food?
5. Do you think that the old lady would have been so ungenerous if she had known who Saint Peter really was? What would she have done then?
6. Is this a true story? Which part of this poem do you feel is the most important?
7. What is a legend? Why this poem is called a legend?
8. Write the story of ‘A Legend of the Northland’ in about ten sentences.
1. To Northland.
2. Saint Peter asked the old lady for one of her baked cakes to satisfy his hunger. The lady tried to bake a small cake for the saint.
3. He punished the lady by changing her into a woodpecker that built “as birds do” and gathered scanty food by boring in the “hard, dry wood” all day long.
4. The woodpecker gets her food by boring holes into trees.
5. No, the old lady would not have been so ungenerous if she had known who Saint Peter really was. Instead, she would have tried to please him with her cakes for the fulfilment of her greedy desires.
6. It is not a true story. It is only a legend. The most important part of the poem is its moral. The saint punishes the old woman for her selfishness. She is changed into a woodpecker. Now she has to keep boring the trees for her little food.
7. A legend is a story from the past that may or may not be true. This poem also tells a legend. We have no proof that the story is true. It has come down from the past. It has been told from generation to generation.
8. One day Saint Peter reached the door of a cottage. He had eaten nothing all day. He was feeling very hungry. He saw a woman making cakes. He asked the woman for one. The woman made a small cake for the saint. But she thought it was too large to give away. She made a smaller one. But it seemed to her as big as the first one. Now she made another. It was as thin as a wafer. But she did not give the saint this one also. She put all the cakes on her shelf. At this, the saint was very angry. He said that the woman was too selfish to live in a human form. He said that she would live like a bird. She would get her food by boring the hard wood of trees. At once the woman went up through the chimney of her cottage. She came out at the top. Now she was not a woman. She had changed into a woodpecker. Now she lives in the woods. She keeps boring the trees all day for her food.
1. 1. Let’s look at the words at the end of the second and fourth lines, viz., ‘snows’ and ‘clothes’, true’ and ‘you’, ‘below’ and ‘know’. We find that ‘snows’ rhymes with ‘clothes’, ‘true’ rhymes with ‘you’ and ‘below’ rhymes with ‘know’.
The rhyming words are:
'Few' and 'through'
'Earth' and 'hearth'
'Done' and 'one'
'Lay' and 'away'
'One' and 'done'
'Flat' and 'that'
Myself and 'shelf'
'Faint' and 'saint'
'Form' and 'warm'
'Food' and 'wood'
'Word' and 'bird'
'Same' and 'flame'
'Wood' and 'food