It Can Be Done
The man who misses all the fun,
Is he who says, “It can’t be done.”
In solemn pride he stands aloof
And greets each venture with reproof.
Had he the power he’d efface
The history of the human race;
We’d have no radio or motor cars,
No streets lit by electric stars;
No telegraph nor telephone,
We’d linger in the Age of Stone.
The world would sleep if things were run
By men who say “It can’t be done.’’
Meanings of difficult words:
In solemn pride : Here, it means ‘looking very serious, grand and important’.
aloof : separately, without getting involved in anything
venture : adventure, a dangerous or risky task
reproof : criticism, negative comments
efface : wipe out, remove
linger: stay back
Central Idea of the Poem:
Think positively and pursue your dreams.
The poet begins the poem by telling us of the man you always says, “It can’t be done.” That person misses all the fun because he does not want to try anything and so he cannot enjoy the feeling of trying out new things or innovating and finding out about different ways of doing things.
Such a person will stand separately with a proud feeling of knowing about everything. And he will welcome all tasks and projects with suspicion and negative comments.
And if he had the power, he would remove all the evidence of human inventions, i.e. all that man has invented right from his first invention of fire.
Then we would not be able to have the radio and the motor car, and our streets would not have lights. We would all be in darkness.
There wouldn’t be any telegraph or telephone. And we would still be living in the ‘Stone Age’.
If this world was governed by the people you say ‘It can’t be done.” then this world would be a boring place and all the people would not have the willingness to do anything and they would just idle away their time doing nothing.
Write the rhyming words from the poem It can be done
Ans. fun-done; aloof-reproof; efface-race; cars-stars; telephone-stone; run-done
1. Answer the following questions in one sentence each.
(a) Who misses all the fun?
Ans. The man who says, ‘It can’t be done.’ misses all the fun.
(b) What does the title of the poem say?
Ans. The title of the poem, ‘It can be done’ gives us a very positive and motivational message of always telling ourselves that, it can be done.
(c) What does the man who misses all the fun do?
Ans. The man who misses all the fun stands aloof with a solemn pride and greets each venture with reproof.
(d) Why does he ‘miss all the fun’?
Ans. He misses all the fun because he stands alone without getting involved with other people. He also misses the fun and enjoyment one gets during the process of working on new projects and inventions. He is not able to enjoy the sense of fulfillment one gets when we are successful.
(e) What would he do if he had the power to do it?
Ans. If he had the power to do it, he would wipe out all the inventions that humans have achieved.
(f) What examples of man’s progress have been given in the poem?
Ans. The inventions of the radio, motor car, electric lights, telegraph and the telephone are mentioned in the poem.
(g) What should human beings do in order to make progress?
Ans. In order to make progress, human beings should keeping on inventing and innovating things.
2. Form groups. List a few articles of everyday use. Discuss how they can be improved.
Cars: Cars that run on solar energy at the same time, they are able to move on land, water and air.
Door-bell: The door-bell should have a hidden camera and should be able to scan the person details and send it to the people inside.
Mobile phones: With the help of finger print or face scan, the mobile phones should be able to give a person, the full medical report as well suggest medicines and remedial action.
Windows and doors: Should have in-built air-conditioning and heating
and at the same time filter out pollution and dust.
3. Form pairs. Discuss and prepare a list of things which can be and will be done in future. (5 things) Spot the modal verbs in your answer.
(See page 37.)
1) Glass capsule that will transport people anywhere in the world within seconds. (Modal Verb – will)
2) Our homes that can be transformed into any place we want to visit. e.g. we could be able to enjoy an under-water ride just being at our home. (Modal Verb – can)
3) A device that will scan a person’s body and give a diet plan, i.e. what that person should eat in order to maintain good health. (Modal Verb – will)
4) A cabinet or small room that will massage a person’s body such that the person feels fit and energized. (Modal Verb – will)
5) A machine that will cook any dish you desire. (Modal Verb – will)
4. Complete the following sentences using your ideas:
(a) I can …………………….
(b) They can …………………….
(c) We can …………………..
(a) I can be successful in whatever I do.
(b) They can help the poor by giving them food.
(c) We can plan our picnic tomorrow.
A Project : Wheels
1. Think carefully for a minute. Jog your memory and recall all the things/objects on which you have seen wheels. Write them down.
Ans. vehicles, carts, trolleys, wheel burrow, wheel chairs, gears in machines
2. Now, talk to your friends or elders; refer to books and read about all the objects on which wheels are used. List them. (How many did you miss out on in your first list? Why?)
Ans. Students should solve this on their own.
3. The wheel, which was probably invented more than 6000 years ago, is thought of as one of the greatest technological advances made by man. Why do you think the wheel is so important in human civilization?
Ans. Yes, I agree that wheel is one of the greatest inventions, as we find wheels in the tinniest of toys to the biggest aeroplanes. Without the invention of the wheel man’s progress would have been impossible.
4. Can you imagine life without wheels? Try and think of what life would be like if there were no wheels around.
Ans. If there were no wheels, man would probably be still living in the jungles and forests. We would have to travel by foot, there would be no machines, and life would be very slow and boring.
5. Have you seen how wheels move on different surfaces like sand, gravel, grass or a proper road? What are the differences you see?
Ans. There are different types of wheels used on different surface. The main difference is the grooves on the tiers that help the wheels to move smoothly on the surface for which they are made.
6. What are the games/play activities, entertainments that use a wheel?
Ans. Weight lifting, roller-skating, etc
7. Write about the various wheel-like objects you see at home, in school and on the road.
At Home: The centre table, toy cars, study chair, etc.
In School: Computer tables and chairs in the computer room, wheel burrow
On the road: vehicles, hand carts, trolleys, etc.
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