Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
.......... but soon
put that thought away and
looked out at young
trees sprinting, the merry children spilling
out of their homes, ...
(a) Which thought did the poet put away?
(b) What do the sprinting trees' signify?
(c) What are 'the merry children spilling out of their homes', symbolic of?
a) The poet puts away the painful thought of mother’s ageing and declining health thinking she might not see her mother after returning.
b) The trees appear to be racing past as the car moves towards the airport. They signify the passage of time.
c) These lines symbolise happiness. The sad thoughts of the poet contrasted with merry children spilling out of their homes.