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Write in your notebook, the summary of this poem in about 15 to 20 lines in your own words. You can suggest another humourous title. - English (Second/Third Language)

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Write in your notebook, the summary of this poem in about 15 to 20 lines in your own words. You can suggest another humourous title.

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The Goof-up

The poet, Henry Sambrooke Leigh has placed ‘twins’ at the core of this poem. The twins are identical in every aspect – height, build, features, and physique. They look so alike, that they are constantly mistaken for each other and this becomes the central point of the poem. To begin with, even relatives and friends seem puzzled, constantly mixing up the two brothers. Just before their christening, as they were being bathed by the nurse, they were switched mistakenly and got each other’s names. At school too, the brighter of the two, the poet, gets beaten by the teachers, for John’s mistakes. The poet asks everyone to suggest ways to prove his identity. Things get quite serious when the poet’s bride-to-be marries John. The ultimate mix up happens when John is buried accidentally instead of the poet, who has died.

Concept: Writing Skill [10th Standard]
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