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How does Morris explore child/ parent relationship in the Little Boy Crying?

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How does Morris explore child/ parent relationship in the Little Boy Crying? The poem, "Little Boy Crying", written by Mervyn Morris is mainly about father and son's relationship. Poet shows the two main themes through this relationship; father's love towards his child and his effort to lead his child into a right world in life. Mervyn Morris explores the child and parent's relationship by using first person narration and language techniques such as allusion and emotive words. The important messages behind the poem are: parents love us and they will do anything to lead us to the right way. In the first stanza, the poet describes a boy who is very relaxed at first but he gets very tense with the father's punishment. ...read more.


Stanza two is from the boy's point of view. Using allusion, the poet let the boy imagine revenge upon his father. In this stanza, the boy regards his father as a cruel giant who exercises the power over a little boy and revenge in the fairy tale. "The ogre towers above you, that grim giant, empty of feeling, a colossal cruel..." in this stanza shows that boy really hates his father and describes him as a heartless, cruel giant ogre. "You imagine chopping clean the tree he's scrambling down or plotting deeper pits to trap him in": the boy imagines himself as Jack in the fairy tale, Jack and the beanstalk, cutting down the beanstalk before the giant ogre, metaphor of his strict father, comes down. ...read more.


Lastly, the poet adds the last line to highlight the lesson he'd like to teach his son; "You must not make a plaything of the rain." It shows why he goes hard on his son. As most parents do, he wants his son to grow up as a decent person and to give his son the lesson; 'You shouldn't play with the rain, that is, tear because the tear cannot always be the answer. In conclusion, Mervyn Morris explores child and parent's relationship using first person narration and imagery. The poem shows the father's endless love towards his child and his efforts to lead him to the right direction in life. The poem leaves another important message through the relationship between the father and the son; we should always appreciate our parents, who are always there for us when we need help, not only with giving love to us but also with disciplining us. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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