Merrily over — there it is in the water!
No use to say ‘O there are other balls’:
An ultimate shaking grief fixes the boy
As he stands rigid, trembling, staring down
All his young days into the harbour where
His ball went. I would not intrude on him;
A dime, another ball, is worthless. Now
He senses first responsibility
In a world of possessions. People will take
Balls, balls will be lost always, little boy.
And no one buys a ball back. Money is external.
(The Ball Poem)
i. Complete the conversation with what the boy would most likely say. Answer in one sentence.
John: Oh don't worry, there are plenty of other balls to play with. Boy: __________
ii. Which line first indicates that the ball is a metaphor for something else?
A. Merrily over — there it is in the water!
B. An ultimate shaking grief fixes the boy
C. All his young days into the harbour where
D. I would not intrude on him;
iii. Which literary device does the speaker use to describe the boy's sorrow? Why does the speaker use this device? Answer in one sentence. 1
iv. Based on the extract, what makes a possession valuable? Answer in about 40 words.