Be the best Appreciation of poem 8th standard

Be The Best poem

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley – but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you are a muskie then just be a bass -
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser, to do,
And the task you must do is the near.
If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail -
Be the best of whatever you are !
 - Douglas Malloch

Appreciation of poem Be the best 8th standard

About the poem, poet and title - The title of the poem 'Be the Best'.

The author of the poem is Douglas Malloch
The poem has 4 stanzas and each stanza has 4 lines.

Theme - The poet clearly suggests that whatever we do we do it best. The poet has used various different messages from nature to convey this messages.

Poetic style, language, poetic devices used in the poem -

The Rhym scheme of the poem is abab.

Special features -
 • Message/values/morals in the poem - 

Your opinion about the poem -

appreciation of the poem Be the Best Ans-

(1) The title of the poem is. BE THE BEST

(2) The poem is written by DOUGLAS MALLOCH

(3) The poem has stanzas. Each stanza has FOUR lines.

(4) The lines that rhyme in each stanza, are FIRST


(5) The poet compares big things with SMALL THINGS

(6) IF YOU CANT BE is a repeated expression in the poem.

(7) The line I shall always remember is BE THE BEST OF WHATEVER YOU ARE!


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