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Child and Insect by Robert Druce is an exceptional poem capturing the childlike approach to a new experience.

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Child and insect Commentary Child and Insect by Robert Druce is an exceptional poem capturing the childlike approach to a new experience. It describes a child?s shifting emotions when he captures a grasshopper and to show this can be grouped into four stages each depicting a different emotion. Druce effectively portrays these emotions through a range of techniques such as diction to evoke tone and mood, sensory imagery and structure. The title is [a]appropriate in displaying the broken, separate relationship between the child and the insect, and somewhat describes the lack of understanding the child has of nature. The title puts them as two different things, with the conjunction ?and?, and it allows the reader to read upon the significant childlike emotions this misunderstanding evokes. The poem has a very unpredictable structure which represents the playful nature of the child, and the poet also purposefully uses sensory imagery to enable the reader to experience this event as a child would, free of a tainted ?adult-like? view. ...read more.


The elongated statements allow for the reader to take in the slow, sad pace and the experience already seems increasingly gloomy. Again, sensory imagery is used to show this increased sadness in the line; ?Sunlight and the landscape flood away in tears.? The personification evokes a strong emotional image. Nature drowning in human sadness, and also rather fittingly, sadness ruining the view of nature, which in context of the poem make sense as the child?s sadness prevented him from seeing the grasshopper was alive immediately. We also see the childlike approach to the sadness, as the poet uses words such as ?dare not? and ?will not?. This diction is strong and somewhat confronting to a child as they are direct statements of truth as such. The security in being told what is going to happen and the inner reassurance echo the behaviors of children. In context of the whole line, we get a sense of the boy hiding and these imperative words give the reader a sense of the confidence the boy places in hiding, and the thought that it will make the sadness better, a common childlike view. ...read more.


very evidently resent the previous feelings of sadness and guilt; ?He could snatch the creature up and shatter it for leaving him so naked?. It is moving, and significant in creating the insect as the ?creature? needing to be killed. In context we can see that the boy doesn?t like this feeling of guilt for nothing, and so this image allows the reader to connect to this harsh, sudden feeling of hatred by using ?snatch? and ?shatter?, as readers we connect this resent and revenge to betrayal. Crammed with human emotion, Robert Duce?s Child and Insect effectively shows a child?s ways through such a small event. Druce uses a range of literary features to aid the reader?s understanding of these emotions, which are then pulled together to form a pleasant poem. In reading this poem we can learn how we as humans grow from experience, and this just captures one of many for this boy. Sarah van der Post [a]Unclear importance ? rather that child suggests population on whole, not just an individual. IS Department [b]Summary of first stanza? What does this say about children. IS Department ...read more.

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