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Compare And Contrast The Two Poems, "Little Boy Crying" By Mervyn Morris And "The Toys" By Coventry Patmore.

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The poems "The Toys" and "Little Boy Crying" are two similar poems which both mainly talk about a father to child relationship. The poems show the father's point of view as well as the child's, which are quite different, during an event in which the father tries to teach his little son a lesson. As well as their similarities, these two poems have their differences.Both poems talk about how the father has hit his son for being disobedient. They both show how much this event hurts the child as well as the father. In "Little Boy Crying", the little boy is both shocked and hurt by this event. The phrase: "Hurt, your laughter metamorphosed into howls," suggests that at that time, the child was changed, mentally and physically, because of his father's slap. It shows that it really hurt him because he changed completely. Maybe it was not the strength of the slap that was hurting him, but the fact that the father hit him really hurt, because further down the poem, the boy sees his father as a big monster and wants to destroy him. Similarly, in "The Toys", the boy was hurt. Around the beginning of the poem, the poet suggests that the little boy's mother was dead and she was the patient parent; "His mother, who was patient, being dead". Then later on, in the poem, the poet tells us what the boy did after being slapped and sent to bed without a kiss by his father, and that's what shows how much the boy is hurt by this event. The boy went to his room, cried, and placed, within his reach, objects that probably had some memories in them of his mother. These memories were probably comforting for the little boy, that's why he put them within his reach in order to sooth the hurt he was feeling.Furthermore, in both poems, the father feel sorry for doing what he did to his son, but he believes that he did it in order to teach the boy a lesson; which is not to misbehave. In "The Toys", when the father visits his sleeping son, he sees the objects that the child placed near him. This made him cry himself: "Kissing away his tears, left others of my own;" The father feels hurt that the son chose to be close to his mother for comfort rather than the father himself. The father knows that no child can ever thoroughly please his father as he said to god, who he refers to as his father: "Not vexing thee in death". Meaning that the only time a son will stop displeasing his father is when he's dead. In "Little Boy Crying", the father's feelings about the event are not explained that much, but the poem does tell us that he feels sorry for hitting his son and that he would like to comfort him. "The fierce man longs to lift you, curb your sadness with piggy-back rides", where the father being the fierce man. The father wants to hold his son so much, and make him happy again. But he doesn't do it because he believes that if he did, then the son wouldn't learn any lesson: "but dare not ruin the lesson you should learn".In "Little Boy Crying", the writer, Mervyn Morris, has written...

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