The Gymnastic Clock Poem Summary and Line by Line Explanation in English Class 7th


This poem talks about a little clock and how it is friends with the poet. The clock tells the poet to exercise, and they have a funny conversation about their arms and how they move. Every two lines of the poem rhyme.

Line 1- 8

The little clock is friends with me,
It talks as plain as plain can be,
And says, each morning as it rises,
"Now, don't forget your exercises!
Both hands above your head, you know!
Then lower them very slowly, so;
Ho, don't get tired and stop, that way!
I exercise like this, all day!

The poet says that the little clock is friends with him. It talks as plainly as possible. Each morning as it rises, it tells the poet to not forget his exercises. It gives him instructions on how to exercise. It tells him to get both hands above his head, and then lower them very slowly.

It also tells him to not get tired and stop, because the clock exercises like that all day. This refers to how the hands of a clock are constantly moving throughout the day to show time. This movement is compared to exercise.

Line 9- 16

Right in its face then, I say, "Pooh!
I wouldn't boast of it, like you,
But I can swing my arms 'round, too!"
And so the clock then looks at me,
And I look back, and I and he
Each single morning, when we rise,
Just exercise and exercise!

The poet then surprises the clock by saying “Pooh” right in its face. He says he wouldn’t boast of it like the clock does, but he could swing his arms around too, unlike the clock. The clock then looks at him, and he looks back. Each single morning, when they rise, they both just exercise and exercise.


Exercising is good for our health. The little clock inspires us to exercise daily to maintain our health.