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Could you dear teachers do me a favor? I am putting a poem and some questions regarding it down here. Could you please take some time out answering the questions followed by? I will be very much thankful to you for your help.

Children Henry Longfellow

Come to me, O ye children!
For I hear you at your play,
And the questions that perplexed me
Have vanished quite away.

Ye open the eastern windows,
That look towards the sun,
Where thoughts are singing swallows
And the brooks of morning run.

In your hearts are the birds and the sunshine,
In your thoughts the brooklet's flow,
But in mine is the wind of Autumn
And the first fall of the snow.

Ah! what would the world be to us
If the children were no more?
We should dread the desert behind us
Worse than the dark before.

What the leaves are to the forest,
With light and air for food,
Ere their sweet and tender juices
Have been hardened into wood, --

That to the world are children;
Through them it feels the glow
Of a brighter and sunnier climate
Than reaches the trunks below.

Come to me, O ye children!
And whisper in my ear

What the birds and the winds are singing
In your sunny atmosphere.

For what are all our contrivings,
And the wisdom of our books,
When compared with your caresses,
And the gladness of your looks?

Ye are better than all the ballads
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead.

1. What are the children doing?

2. What is the question that is disturbing the poet?

3. How has the question been answered?

4. What does the poet mean by saying that the children open the windows that look to the east?

5. With what does the poet compare thoughts?

6. Why does he compare them so?

7. How can the birds and the sunshine be in the hearts of the children? What does the poet mean?

8. The poet says that the children are thinking of the brooks while he is thinking of autumn. What does this mean?

9. Is the poet using the word autumn for old age?

10. What other words does the poet use to show the coming of old age upon him?

11. How are the children different from the poet?

12. What question does the poet ask?

13. In the third and fourth lines of this stanza, the poet says if there were no children, we would fear the desert behind us, and more than that we would fear the dark in front of us. What do the desert and the dark mean?

14. What would happen to the trees if there were no leaves?

15. What would happen to us, if there were no children?

16. Why does the poet ask the children to come to him?

17. What songs does the poet wish to be whispered in the ear?

18. With what does the poet compare children?

19. How can the children be like the ballads and the poems?

20. The poet calls the children living and the rest all dead. Why does he say this?
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Sorry Mr Streetwise, but we don't work that way. You give us your answers and we'll help you get it right, but we won't do your work for you.
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How about answering first yourself those questions?
I mean, this is homework.