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Imagine a world without language. All humans speak at least
one language. The words we speak bring out our thoughts. Read
the following poem on words.
Never let a thought shrivel and die
For want of a way to say it
For English is a wonderful game
And all of you can play it.
All that you do is match the words
To the brightest thoughts in your head
So that they come out clear and true
And handsomely groomed and fed—
For many of the loveliest things
Have never yet been said.
Words are the food and dress of thought
They give it its body and swing
And everyone’s longing today to hear
Some fresh and beautiful thing;
But only words can free a thought
From its prison behind your eyes
May be your mind is holding now
A marvellous new surprise!
MARY O’NEILL
The Wonderful Words
The Wonderful Words
2020-21
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Imagine a world without language. All humans speak at least
one language. The words we speak bring out our thoughts. Read
the following poem on words.
Never let a thought shrivel and die
For want of a way to say it
For English is a wonderful game
And all of you can play it.
All that you do is match the words
To the brightest thoughts in your head
So that they come out clear and true
And handsomely groomed and fed—
For many of the loveliest things
Have never yet been said.
Words are the food and dress of thought
They give it its body and swing
And everyone’s longing today to hear
Some fresh and beautiful thing;
But only words can free a thought
From its prison behind your eyes
May be your mind is holding now
A marvellous new surprise!
MARY O’NEILL
The Wonderful Words
The Wonderful Words
2020-21
THE WONDERFUL WORDS 83
1. With your partner, complete the following sentences in your own
words using the ideas in the poem.
(i) Do not let a thought shrivel and die because 
———————————
———————————————————————————— ––––————————
(ii) English is a 
————————————————————— 
with words that
everyone can play.
(iii) One has to match 
————————————————————————————
(iv) Words are the 
—————————————————————
 of thought.
2. In groups of four discuss the following lines and their meanings.
(i) All that you do is match the words
To the brightest thoughts in your head
(ii) For many of the loveliest things
Have never yet been said
(iii) And everyone’s longing today to hear
Some fresh and beautiful thing
(iv) But only words can free a thought
From its prison behind your eyes
WORKING WITH THE POEM
2020-21
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