Vocabulary and Allusions
Line 2, maturing sun: causes to mature; that is, the sun makes the fruit ripen.
Line 4, thatch: covering of a roof made of straw, leaves, or other dried plants,
eaves: overhang of roof.
Line 5, mossed: covered with moss.
Line 7, gourd: the groud family includes squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers.
Line 11, o’er: poetic form of over; thus the cells are overfilled.
cells: honey-filled cells or honeycomb in the beehive.
Line 1, store: an abundance, a great quantity; a storehouse or warehouse.
Line 3, granary: a storehouse for grain, often after it has been threshed (the grain has been beaten from the rest of the plant).
Line 4, winnowing: to separate the chaff from the grain by fanning or by means of the wind.
Line 5, furrow: a cut or trench made by a plow; poetic usage, a plowed field.
Line 6, drowsed: made sleepy.
hook: a sickle or scythe, used to harvest grains and other crops.
poppy: poppies used to grow in fields of grain. Poppies are the source of opium.
Line 7, swath: the sweep of a scythe in mowing; the path cut in one sweep of a scythe.
twined: poetic form of entwined or twisted.
I) Observation of starch grains 1. A potato was cut by using a cork barrier to obtain a piece of it. 2. The small piece of potato was placed on the centre of the glass slide and enough pressure was applied with fingers to squeeze it until small amount of juice was force out. The piece of potato was discarded leaving the juice behind on the glass microscope slide. 3. A drop of water was added to ...
Line 8, gleaner: a person who gathers what the reapers have left in a field.
Line 10, cider-press: a machine that squeezes apples to make cider.
Line 3, barred clouds: thin, hoizontal clouds which resemble bars or strips.
Line 4, stubble: the dried stumps of wheat and other grains left after reaping.
Line 6, sallows: willows.
borne aloft: carried high.
Line 7, bourn: domain or realm.
Line 8, croft: a small enclosed field.