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Samcheer Kalvi 7th English Books Courage

English : Term 3 Unit 2 : Poem : Courage

Look at the Face It chart. Discuss in small groups and tell how to face those situations.

Warm Up

When we don’t win in the sports competitions or in any other field, we have to face it boldly with courage. We should be bold enough to accept the failures or defeats. We should always try to win the next game or competition with confidence.

We must be courageous in facing all our endeavours. This attitude will help us to face anything boldly. 


Instantaneous – happening or done immediately

Flickered – shone unsteadily

Strive – make great effort

Ingrained – firmly established and hard to change

Questions Answers


A. Answer the following questions.

1. Can courage be developed suddenly? Why?

Answer: No, courage cannot be developed suddenly, because it is something, deep-rooted in the soul of a man.

2. When should we have courage?

Answer: All those who make great efforts towards a goal, should have courage.

3. Give an example for dazzling light.

Answer: ‘Fire fly’ is an example for dazzling light.

4. Can a courageous man be defeated? Why?

Answer: No, a courageous man cannot be defeated. This is so because a brave man can never be freed of it.

5. What is the ‘breath of life’?

Answer: Courage is the’breath of life’.

6. What are the characteristics of a courageous man?

Answer: Patience and strength are the characteristics of a courageous man.

B. Read the following lines and answer the questions.

1. It isn’t an instantaneous thing

Born of despair with a sudden spring

a. What does ‘it’ refer to?

Answer: ‘It’ refers to ‘courage’.

b. What does ‘born of despair mean’?

Answer: ‘Born of despair’ means ‘born of hopelessness’.

2. It’s a slow, unwavering, ingrained trait

With the patience to work and the strength to wait.

a. What is an ‘ingrained trait’?

Answer: Courage is an ‘ingrained trait’.

b. Why does a courageous man need patience?

Answer: A courageous man needs patience because courage is a slow, steady and firm quality.

3. It’s part of his hours, his days and his years, 

Back of his smiles and behind his tears.

a. What does ‘tears’ mean?

Answer: ‘Tears’ means ‘sorrow’.

Literary Appreciation

Rhyme Scheme: A rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhymes at the end of each lineof a poem or song. It is usually referred to by using letters to indicate which lines rhyme; lines designated with the same letter rhyme with each other.

C. Work in pairs and answer the following.

1. Pick out the alliterated words.


 “ Darling – deed; 

sudden – spring;

something – soul; 

serve – some;

thing – that;

can – call;  

he – have;

who – would;

no – need;

can – come;  

may – meet;

his – hours”

are the alliterated words.

2. Pick out the rhyming words.


“Dash – flash;

thing – spring;

hope – rope;

man – plan;

resort – sport;

call – fall; 

not – hot;

goal – soul;

light – sight;  

trait – wait;

blue – do;

show – go;

defeat – meet;

 years – tears and deed – creed” are the rhyming words.

3. Write the rhyme scheme of the poem.

Answer: The rhyming scheme of the poem is ‘a a b b’.

Creative Writing

Bio – Poem

A Bio – Poem is an essay about oneself in the form of poetry.

Line 1 : Your name.

Line 2 : Four adjectives that describe you.

Line 3 : Son of / daughter of … brother of / sister of…

Line 4 : Lover of three people, things or idea.

Line 5 : Who feels (three sensations or emotion)

Line 6 : Who needs (three things)

Line 7 : Who gives (three things)

Line 8 : Who fears (three things)

Line 9 : Who would like to see (three persons or places)

Line 10 : Who lives …

Line 11 : Your last name.


Friendly, kind, smart and obedient

Daughter of Sam and Diana, sister of Jack

Lover of pets, sports and reading

Who feels cheerful, comfortable and excited

Who needs education, peace and friends

Who gives smiles, support and courage

Who fears spiders, the dark and stray dogs

Who would like to see Mt. Everest

Lives in Cape


D. Work in small groups. Pick out the adjectives and nouns that suit you using a dictionary. Read the steps given. Arrange adjectives and nouns like the given sample to construct your BioPoem. Present in the class.



Strict, smart, active and friendly,

Daughter of Lazaro, sister of Francis

Lover of sports, music and reading.

Who feels enthusiastic, merry and comfortable

Who needs peace, health and prosperity

Who gives courage, money and guidance

Who fears cockroaches, spiders and lizards

Who would like to see the Himalayas, Kashmir and Europe

Lives in Australia


E. Collect all the poems. Compile an Anthology of BioPoems of Class VII.

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