Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
And looked out at young
trees sprinting, the merry children spilling
out of their homes, but after the airport's
security check, standing a few yards
away, I looked again at her, wan,
pale as a late winter's moon and felt that
old familiar ache, … … …

(a) How can the trees sprint?

(b) Why did the poet look at her mother again?

(c) What did she observe?

(d) Identify the figure of speech used in these lines. 


(a) When we look out of a moving vehicle, we see the objects moving in the opposite direction. This motion is referred to as 'sprinting' by the poetess, who when looked out of her moving car, felt as if the trees were running.

(b) The poetess looked at her mother again to reassure herself of her mother’s presence.

(c) The poetess observed that her mother looked pale and weak.

(d) The poetic device that is used in these lines is personification and simile.