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the Kite is a 24 lines lyric poem written by Harry Behn in which the poet explains the flying of a new kite in the sky. The poet compares the kite with various things to explain its beauty and motion. Its flight in the sky depends on the wind. Hence it flies high only when the wind blows. And when it gets tangled in the branches of a tree, it loses its shine and beauty.
The poem is written in the form of couplets (2 lines). However I have divided into four parts comprising of 6 lines each for better understanding.
How bright on the blue Is a kite when it’s new! With a dive and a dip It snaps its tail Then soars like a ship With only a sail
In the first stanza, the poet says with an exclamation that a kite looks bright in the blue sky when it is new. It snaps (i.e. waves with enthusiasm) its tail with a dive and a dip. In other words, the kite flies in the air like waves travel in the sea and its tail moves rapidly along with it. The kite soars (flies) in the air like a ship floats in the sea with the help of a sail.
In this stanza, the poet talks about the flying of a kite in the sky. According to him, the kite looks bright and new while flying in the blue sky. It looks like a ship sailing in the sea.
As over tides Of wind it rides, Climbs to the crest Of a gust and pulls, Then seems to rest As wind falls.
In this stanza, the poet explains how exactly the kite flies in the sky. According to him, the kite rides over the tides of wind. It climbs to the crest i.e. it moves to heights when a gust (strong wind) blows and the kite runner pulls the thread. And when the wind falls i.e. becomes slow, the kite appears be taking rest. It does not climb further
When string goes slack You wind it back And run until A new breeze blows And its wings fill And up it goes!
When the kite runner loses the string (attached to the kite), he winds (pulls) it back and runs until a new breeze blows i.e. wind starts blowing again. And when the wind starts blowing, the kite’s wings (i.e. its whole surface) are pushed by the air and it starts going up again.
So, in this stanza, the poet explains how exactly we fly a kite. After successfully taking the kite to some height, the kite runner loses the string and pulls the kite back and waits for the wind to blow again. When the wind blows, the kite is pushed by air and it again starts going up.
How bright on the blue Is a kite when it’s new! But a raggeder thing You never will see When it flaps on a string In the top of a tree.
The kite appears bright and beautiful in the blue sky when it is new. However when its string tangles in the top branch of a tree, it will never appears to be bright and beautiful. Rather it will look a raggeder thing i.e. a torn clothes. It loses its beauty and brightness.