A House, A Home Poem- Introduction
In this poem the poet has explained the difference between a house and a home. He elaborates on the role that family members play in a home.
A House, A Home Poem- Summary
The poet has tried to define and differentiate between a house and a home. He says that a house is made of bricks, stone and hardwood. It also has fine paints, chimney, window glass, doors, corridors, roof and tile floors. A home is another name for loving family members who take care of each other and work selflessly for one another. Brothers-sisters, fathers and mothers together make a home. It is their unselfish acts of kindness and sharing towards one another that makes a house a home.
A House, A Home Poem- Explanation
What is a house?
It’s brick and stone
and wood that’s hard.
Some window glass
and perhaps a yard.
It’s eaves and chimneys
and tile floors
and stucco and roof
and lots of doors.
Yard: A measuring unit (1 yard equals to 3 ft. or 36 inches), garden or corridors outside the house
Eaves: the part of the roof that hangs out over the walls to provide shade, elevations of the roof
Stucco: fine paint used for wall surface
Chimneys: smokestack, a pipe which takes smoke or combustion gases up from the fire.
In this stanza, the poet is explaining the ingredients or material used to make a house. The poet says that bricks, stone and wood are used to make a house. It also has window glass and corridors or open space in front and back of the house for gardening. Tiles of the floor, fine paints, roof, elevations of the roof and many doors that give it a perfect look of a house. Thus, a house is a completely non-living thing.
What is a home?
It’s loving and family
and doing for others.
It’s brothers and sisters
and fathers and mothers.
It’s unselfish acts
and kindly sharing
and showing your loved ones;
you’re always caring
Unselfish: without any selfish interest, selfless
Kindly: lovingly, considerate
Here, the poet has explained the nature of a home and what makes a house- a home.It is the family members- brothers-sisters, mothers- fathers who together make a home. Their acts without any selfish interest, their concern for each other, their wish to work for each others’ happiness and well-being. Their wish to show love and care towards each other is what makes a house – a home.
Do you agree with what the poet says? Talk to your partner and complete these sentences.
(i) A house is made of __________________
(ii) It has __________________
(iii) A home is made by __________________
(iv) It has __________________