Stanzawise Explanation of The Poem

Stanza 1

He wore a question mark for tail,

An overcoat of gray,

He sat up straight to eat a nut.

He liked to tease and play,

And if we ran around his tree,

He went the other way.

Reference The above lines have been taken from Mildred Bowers Armstrong’s composition, The Squirrel.”

Context In these lines, the poet describes the unique characteristics of the squirrel.

Explanation The stanza begins with a physical description of the squirrel. The squirrel is grey coloured and therefore the poet says that he wears “an overcoat of gray,” his tail is twisted like a question mark. Further, the poet describes the food that the squirrel mostly enjoys. He loves to eat nuts. The poet loves the game of hide and seek between him and the squirrel. If he went too close to the squirrel, the squirrel would go and hide in the other direction.