Poems are a rhythmic way of expressing strong messages. They often have underlined messages for readers to explore and interpret. The following blog will help you get a summary of the poem by Vikram Seth- The Frog and the Nightingale.
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The Frog and the Nightingale: Summary
How often do we try to blend in different colours when we were all born with a unique shade? Many of us are strongly influenced by others which makes us mere pawns. Depicting the dire consequences of such behaviour, it is a unique poem by Vikram Seth which carries us through the story of The Frog and the Nightingale. The nightingale, who despite having a beautiful voice, falls under the influence of the authoritative frog. The frog exploits the nightingale for his own benefit which puts the nightingale’s life in jeopardy.
The poem begins with the frog croaking in Bingle Bog which irked the fellow creatures. Despite their constant displeasure, insults, and loathing, the frog continued croaking. This went on until one starry night, the nightingale began singing in its melodious voice. All the creatures, including the frog, were in awe of its voice. The nightingale was flattered by receiving multiple and continued singing through the night. The frog turned to be jealous of the nightingale’s voice and told the nightingale that he owned the tree on which it sang. The frog introduced itself as a renowned singer and also said that he wrote occasionally for the bog trumpet magazine. The nightingale was talented but extremely innocent which made it fall for the frog’s lies. It requested the frog to train her, described him as a “Mozart in disguise”, and also make it equally famous.
The frog was cunning and took the opportunity to exploit the nightingale. It agreed to train the nightingale but told that the training would be charged. The frog forced the delicate bird to sing constantly in any weather and didn’t pay heed to the nightingale’s health or the bad weather. He made the nightingale sing for long hours which made her weak and soon her voice lost its melody.
After months of rest, the nightingale gained its melodious voice back which attracted huge crowds. The guileful frog was overwhelmed with all the money he was earning due to the nightingale. Despite earning so much profit, the frog scolded the nightingale which made her weak and petrified. This reduced the crowd that used to be gathered around the nightingale to listen and admire her voice. The nightingale soon lost her charm and this eventually led to lower income for the frog
The failure infuriated the frog and he furiously asked her to puff her lungs to show the power of her voice and display her efforts. The innocent nightingale listened to the frog and puffed heavily. This, unfortunately, led to her vein burst and she died. The awfully cunning frog described her as a stupid and brainless creature and a creature who was tense, nervous, and easily influenced. The frog celebrated this because now he had the victory and began singing in his unpleasant voice in the Bingle Bog.
Through this ballad, Vikram Seth strongly addresses its readers to be themselves and not get carried away by people’s opinions about them. The nightingale would have had a much better life if she hadn’t listened to the frog who himself boasted about his ridiculous voice.
Exercise Your Brain
The following are a few questions for you to solve based on the poem which are important for class 10 students:
- According to you, what should the nightingale have decided?
- Elaborate on the character of the frog.
- Why was the frog furious in the end?
- Why did the frog call the nightingale brainless?
- Describe the irony in the statement of the frog when he says, “That your song must be your own”
- What is the moral of the poem?
- What message does the poem convey?
- Why do you think the frog could control the Nightingale?
- How did the frog offer to help Nightingale?
- What did the frog do all day?
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