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1: Answer Key (p. 180)

  1. The poem compares nature to family – the way a mother holds her child is the way earth holds us. The idea that man and nature are one is also present in this poem.
  2. In the poem “sleep, sleep” are repeated twice – giving the feeling of a lullaby. Also the comforting thought presented – that the world outside is there to protect you. might indicate that the poem is some sort of a lullaby. Some might totally disagree to the idea of this being a lullaby giving different reasons e.g. that the ideas presented in the poem are too complex for a little child.
  3. Answers will probably vary quite a bit here depending on the pupils’ upbringing – some might have sung religious songs where the almighty God protects everything which in a way gives the same idea as this poem.
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