The deathly child is very gay,
He walks in the sunshine but no shadow falls his way.
He has come to warn us that one must go who would rather stay
Oh deathly child
With a hear of woe
And a smile on your face,
Who is it that must go?
He walks down the avenue, the trees
Have leaves that are silver when they are turned upon the breeze
He is more pale than the silver leaves more pale that these
He walks delicately,
He has a delicate tread.
Why look, he leaves no mark at all
Where the dust is spread
Over the café tables the talk is going to and fro
An the people smile and they frown, but they do not know
That the deathly child walks. Ah who is it that must go?
I think that this poem is about the angel of death who is here to take
the soul of a person. The first text gives us a brief outline of the
poem. From the second to the fourth text we find a description of the
deathly child and the last text gives the perception of the public as
from the deathly child's own perspective. The deathly child decides
whose soul to take as he passes the people.
The language of the text has an interesting rhythm effect which has
some underlying regularity mixed with variation. In the first, middle
and last text, the last word in each stanza all rhyme, however the
last word in the second and fourth stanza rhymes.which appears to look
like this: -
1st text all rhymes
2nd text 2nd and 4th stanza rhymes
3rd text all rhymes
4th text 2nd and 4th stanza rhymes
5th text all rhymes
I have also noticed that when looking at the poem, these rhythmic
words have only one-word syllables, when pronounced they are stressed.
The first, third and fifth texts have four lines and the second and
fourth text has four. The reason why I think the writer forms the poem
in this particular way is because he is introducing the deathly child
in the first text and describing him after that until the fourth
texts. The last text changes from his description to his perception,
which concludes the poem so therefore ends with three lines to
distinguish from the other four.
The stanzas go in and out. The second and fourth text do not extend to
the right-hand edge of the page, it appears to be short, not only in
words but also in length while the other text are not. In comparison,
text 2 and 4 has nearly the same amount of words.
When reading the poem out loud, there tends to be a rhythm in the
language, such as: -
1 2 3 4 5 6
The deadly child is very gay
There are 8 syllables in the sentence, 4 strong, 4 weak. The weak
syllables are before the words...