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ICSE Treasure Chest: I Remember, I Remember by Thomas Hood

by AlmondBooks Support on Jan 17, 2023

The ICSE Treasure Chest is a collection of poems curated for students in ICSE Class 9 (2025 Batch). One of the standout poems from the collection is "I Remember, I Remember“ by Thomas Hood. The poem is a nostalgic reflection on childhood memories and the longing for the innocence and carefree nature of youth. In this article, we will take a closer look at the poem, review a short summary and solve some MCQs for practice.

Poem

I remember, I remember,
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
He never came a wink too soon,
Nor brought too long a day,
But now, I often wish th night
Had borne my breath away!

I remember, I remember,
The roses, red and white,
The Vi'lets, and the lily-cups,
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,-
The tree is living yet!

I remember, I remember,
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing.
My spirit flew in feathers then,
That is so heavy now,
And Summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow!

I remember, I remember,
The fir trees dark and high.
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now' tis little joy
To know I'm farther off from heav'n
Then when I was a boy.

Summary

The poem is a reflection on the speaker's childhood memories, it expresses longing for the carefree nature of youth, and it expresses the sense of distance from those memories as an adult. The poem is written in a nostalgic and melancholic tone, showing the speaker's longing for the past, and how the passage of time has changed the way the speaker perceives their childhood memories.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

1. What does the speaker wish for in the poem?
a) To go back to their childhood
b) To forget their childhood memories
c) To die in their sleep
d) To have a different childhood

2. What does the speaker remember in the poem?
a)The house where they were born
b) The things they did as a child
c) The people they knew
d) All of the above

3. How does the speaker feel about the memories in the poem?
a) They are happy and nostalgic
b) They are sad and longing
c) They are indifferent
d) They are angry

4. How does the speaker describe the flowers in the poem?
a) Ugly
b) Fragile
c) Made of light
d) Smelly

5. What does the speaker compare their spirit to in the poem?
a) A bird
b) A car
c) A ship
d) A plane

Answers

  1. b) To go back to their childhood
  2. d) All of the above
  3. b) They are sad and longing
  4. c) Made of light
  5. a) A bird