Vani’s Musings

The Mountain and the Squirrel

Posted on: June 18, 2007

My friend G and I were talking about different facets of human emotions and behavior last evening when he suddenly remembered this poem we studied in Primary School. We studied this poem may be in 5th or 6th Standard, and probably even forgot about its significance, but come to see, it has so much to tell us about life in itself.

The Poet has used the mountain and the squirrel effectively in conveying how much one overestimates himself and how one need not feel intimidated about his or her physical appearance or success measures in life. 

The mountain and the squirrel

Had a quarrel,

And the former called the latter“Little prig.”

Bun replied,“You are doubtless very big;

But all sorts of things and weather

Must be taken in togetherTo make up a year

And a sphere.

And I think it no disgrace

To occupy my place.

If I’m not so large as you,

You are not so small as I,

And not half so spry:

I’ll not deny you make

A very pretty squirrel track

Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;

If I cannot carry forests on my back,

Neither can you crack a nut.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Thanks G for reminding me of this wonderful poem.


11 Responses to "The Mountain and the Squirrel"


on the same lines:
** moorthi chikkadaadaru keerthi doddadhu.
** mukha nodi moLa haakbeda.
** remembered the story where a sage is praying and a rat falls into his hand. and he transforms it into a girl child….and a few years later when he is searching a fitting groom for the girl, he goes to sun, then, cloud, then wind, then mountain, then finally the rat…and the girl is transformed back into a rat….and they lived happily ever after.

very well said – this post has made me recall few things from my school days and several situations in life…

I have been noticing and thinking about it lately on the varieties of language poems we read in primary and secondary schools, where i don’t think I understood any significance of those. True – teachers made their effort to explain at the class – but as i remember those descriptions were mostly literal meaning and not deep into the moral (or perhaps I don’t remember now).
However, neevu haeLidhanthe, aa kavanagaLalli saakashTu arivu iruvudhu kanDubaruvudhu, avugaLanna vishleshisi nOdidhaaga, athava, halavaaru experience-gaLu aagidhdhaaga, venisuththe.

on similar lines, we usually have that sense of inferiority – of understimating ourselves compared to other individuals – and lack the way of thought that each individual has respective strengths in respective areas.

contextually, it is also sad, that people/kids are rated compared to others likewise, most of the time. To me, I sometimes feel, if these moral stories in schools actually are conflcting to the actual tests and results and comparing other kids in one particular field. – just my thoughts

Recalling my english school days… how we were taught these poems while we were fighting to share the ‘seebekai’ at the back of class!!

Finally i understood – thanks vani madam.

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Marko Fando

This poem is our assignment
thanks for the info, and for the comments also.. hihihihi

thanks for giving information about this poem.

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