This is a collection of Poems with solutions and explanations from ICSE teachers for Class 10. These Poems are prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the syllabus.


Solutions of Treasure Trove Poems


The Heart of the Tree

i) Why does the poet call the tree a friend of sun and sky?


In the poem, the poet says that the tree is a benefactor of the sun and the sky. Because it shares in their benefits and creates a cool breeze to combat the heat from the sun and glare from the sky.

ii) What motivates the man to plant a tree according to the poet?


A poet believes that when a man plants a sapling, he does so as a symbol of future life and growth.


The Cold Within

i) Explain the symbolism used by the poet.


Symbolism is used by the poet to illustrate that it was the coldness of their hearts that extinguished the fire of life. They could have been saved by fire, which symbolized hope and acceptance, but they refused to set aside their prejudices, thus sealing their own fate.

ii) What happened to the six humans? Why?


The six humans died due to the cold. Their hatred for each other prevented them from giving up their sticks to keep the fire going and so they all died due to the cold. But actually it was the cold in their hearts which killed them.


The Bangle Sellers

i) How are the bangles described in the first stanza of the poem?


The bangles are described in the first stanza as lustrous, shining, rainbow-colored, delicate and bright for happy daughters and happy wives.

ii) Explain the line’ lustrous tokens of radiant lives’.


Bangle sellers encourage people to buy their bangles by praising their quality. Bangles are said to be shining gifts that promise happy lives in the future to their wearers. He believes that these bangles symbolize happy lives and happy marriages.


After Blenheim

i) What does the tone of Kasper’s words suggest?


Kasper’s answer that he was not upset about the death of thousands of soldiers, rather the only thing that concerned him was that it was a great victory.

ii) Why does the poet use a skull?


The skull is the most unique part of the human body, so Southey uses it. This makes one realize that the skull was once part of a human body that was ruthlessly killed, and emphasizes the pointlessness of war.



i) What is the most important thing that the poet has learnt?


The most important lesson that the poet has learned so far is to keep children away from the television or not to install it at all.

ii) What should parents do for the entertainment of their children?


Parents should provide their children with story books instead of making them watch TV. Children who develop the habit of reading books will no longer feel the need to watch TV. By reading books they will be able to imagine and be entertained.



i) Who wandered like a lonely cloud and where?


William Woodsworth wanders over the valleys and hills like a lonely cloud.

ii) Where were the daffodils and what were they doing?


Daffodils were growing by the side of the lake under the trees. As if they were dancing, they flutter under the breeze expressing their pleasure and energy.


I know Why Caged Bird Sings

i) What does the caged bird’s singing reveal about him?


It reveals that he is unhappy and wants to be free.

ii) What is the main conflict in this poem?


The main conflict is that the caged bird wants the life of the free bird. The caged bird also wants the freedom to do whatever he wants.


The Patriot

i) What did the patriot want from the ‘Good folks’?


“Give me the sun that rises from those yonder skies”, the patriot said.

ii) Comment on the tone of the Patriot in the second stanza.


The patriot is reflecting and thinking throughout the stanza. ‘Nought man can do, I’ve left undone.’ he says. As far as he is concerned, he did everything he could. In addition to power, he is also able to reap rewards for his efforts, illustrating that he has reaped the benefits.


Abu Ben Adhem

i) What was Abu dreaming about?


Abu was dreaming about peace in the world.

ii) Why was Abou not afraid?


He was not afraid because he was a pious and holy man who believed in God. The peace he felt in the presence of the vision made him bold enough to ask the question.


Nine Gold Medals

i) What do the words ‘gold’, ‘silver’ and ‘bronze’ stand for in the poem?


‘Gold’, ‘silver’, and ‘bronze’ refer to the medals which are awarded to the first place holder, the second place holder and the third place holder.

ii) What event is being referred to?


The event referred to is the Special Olympics, in which the contestants are differently- abled persons, who have some problem/s in a particular part of the body.