Child and Insects

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English A1/HL IB2 Child and Insect Child and Insect is a lovely poem about the disappointment in life, which a little boy is just running into and starting to realize. Robert Druce has portrayed a simple but very appealing image of a very humane situation in a child's life. The writer has delivered his massage to the readers trough a game of the little boy and the grasshopper. Child and Insect is a poem filled with great a variety of literary terms such as alliteration, symbolism, onomatopoeia, repetition, comparison, contrast, personification and run on lines which work all together in order to reveal three different stages in the poem characterized by a drastic change in the mood and the tone of the writing. In the stage being the first stanza of the poem Child and Insect the reader meets a little boy who is excited and euphoric because he has managed to catch a grasshopper.


The child is so passionate and enthusiastic about his new discovery that he can not resist showing the grasshopper to someone, portrayed by the caesura "look! To his mother". However, he is unfortunate to find out that the little green insect "lies broken on his palm." Because "he [could not] hold his hand huge enough", the child has squashed the insect and killed it unintentionally. The consonance "struts", "brittle" and "crushed" which all contain the consonant "r" in the beginning reinforce the feelings of the boy. He is sad and miserable, feeling guilty for what he has done: For horror he dare not Look at what is cradled in his fingers and will not be comforted. O, will not. The role of the repetition of the phrase "will not" is to stress the disappointment of the boy. He is discontented because what made him so happy is now dead and he can not play with it anymore.


He would "gladly in this instant" take revenge for being miserable for an insect which did not deserve his attention. As to conclude, the boy in the poem Child and Insect is not given a name. He is referred to as a "child" and a "he". The reason why Robert Druce did not give a name to boy is because he wanted to deliver a humane situation which every individual, sooner or later, faces in life. The idea implied behind the game of the child and the grasshopper is about the disappointment in life and the fact that not everything happens as we want it to be. It also delivers a message of how people's feelings towards others could change for an instant because of a certain factor just like the boy does. The poem Child and Insect portrays the four basic emotions that all individual feel: joy, grief, disappointment, hatred. The child experiences each one of them starting with great happiness and enthusiasm through sorrow and frustration to reach the ultimate point of his feelings rage and hatred

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