First – Stanza 1
Weavers, weaving at break of day,
Why do you weave a garment so gay? . . .
Blue as the wing of a halcyon wild,
We weave the robes of a new-born child.
- Weavers – People who knit clothes
- Break of day – Early morning
- Gay – Beautiful
- Blue as the wing of a halcyon wild – Wild halcyon is another name for the kingfisher. Its wings have most exciting blue color.
- Robes – Dresses
Questions & Answers
- What does the poet ask the weavers?
The poet asks the weavers why they are weaving their beautiful garments at the break of day.
- How do the weavers describe their robes?
- Simile is a poetic device that compares something to another. Pick out a simile from the stanza. What are the two things compared here?
“Blue as the wing of a halcyon wild.” Here, the color of the robes is compared to the wings of the wild halcyon.
- What is the rhyme scheme of the stanza?
The rhyme scheme is AABB.