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Poem Analysis: The Wind and the Moon (Grade 6)

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Poem Analysis: The Wind and the Moon

The Wind and the Moon
by George Macdonald

Said the Wind to the Moon, “I will blow you out;
You stare
In the air
Like a ghost in a chair,
Always looking what I am about —
I hate to be watched; I’ll blow you out.”

The Wind blew hard, and out went the Moon.
So, deep
On a heap
Of clouds to sleep,
Down lay the Wind, and slumbered soon,
Muttering low, “I’ve done for that Moon.”

He turned in his bed; she was there again!
On high
In the sky,
With her one ghost eye,
The Moon shone white and alive and plain.
Said the Wind, “I will blow you out again.”

The Wind blew hard, and the Moon grew dim.
“With my sledge,
And my wedge,
I have knocked off her edge!
If only I blow right fierce and grim,
The creature will soon be dimmer than dim.”

He blew and he blew, and she thinned to a thread.
“One puff
More’s enough
To blow her to snuff!
One good puff more where the last was bred,
And glimmer, glimmer, glum will go the thread.”

He blew a great blast, and the thread was gone.
In the air
Nowhere
Was a moonbeam bare;
Far off and harmless the shy stars shone —
Sure and certain the Moon was gone!

The Wind he took to his revels once more;
On down,
In town,
Like a merry—mad clown,
He leaped and halloed with whistle and roar —
“What’s that?” The glimmering thread once more!

He flew in a rage — he danced and blew;
But in vain
Was the pain
Of his bursting brain;
For still the broader the Moon—scrap grew,
The broader he swelled his big cheeks and blew.

Slowly she grew — till she filled the night,
And shone
On her throne
In the sky alone,
A matchless, wonderful silvery light,
Radiant and lovely, the queen of the night.

Said the Wind: “What a marvel of power am I!
With my breath,
Good faith!
I blew her to death —
First blew her away right out of the sky —
Then blew her in; what strength have I!

But the Moon she knew nothing about the affair;
For high
In the sky,
With her one white eye,
Motionless, miles above the air,
She had never heard the great Wind blare.
1. 
In the poem "The Wind and the Moon," the poet uses                 to describe the wind and the moon.
  1. metaphors
  2. hyperbole
  3. onomatopoeia
  4. personification
2. 
In the poem "The Wind and the Moon," what problem does the wind have?
  1. He is in love with the moon.
  2. He doesn't like to be watched.
  3. The sun made fun of the wind.
  4. The moon gets all the attention.
3. 
In the poem "The Wind and the Moon," how did the wind try to solve his problem?
  1. He blew at the moon.
  2. He asked for help from the sun.
  3. He swirled about in a giant circle.
  4. He made a loud whistling sound.
4. 
In the poem "The Wind and the Moon," the wind compares the moon to
  1. a giant marshmallow
  2. a light in the window
  3. the eye of a ghost
  4. the letter o
5. 
In the poem "The Wind and the Moon," what detail is revealed at the end?
  1. The wind made the moon grow bigger.
  2. The moon was not involved in the argument.
  3. The sun caused the wind to blow in the sky.
  4. The wind was not strong enough to blow anything.

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