A “skittle o f milk”, this shows that they are having fun. They might be playing a game. The classroom glowed like a sweet shop, sugar paper and coloured shapes were all the things of happiness. It shows the teacher loved children, and children loved her. It’s magical and looks as if there is a party because of all the wonderful decorations. The poet describes these changes very well, he tries to emphasis and make the readers experience all of the things she went through. There are small statements, which the poet tries to describe very well.
“A skittle of milk
The word skittle might try to tell readers that the children are having fun by playing a game. Also the word milk, which might mean spread. The poet tries to persuade readers that children are having fun; by this he has said this (A skittle of milk).
“The laugh of a bell”
The word laugh means happiness, this is linked with the bell because both of them communicate with happiness. The bell ringing is a human sound. Laugh is positive and it associates with having fun. The poet does describe them well.
The classroom was filled with decoration and then this is when the fun starts to end. A xylophones nonsense, someone is having fun it is not a tune. The inky tadpoles change into exclamation marks, this links them to be growing up. The children are more rood,
“A rough boy told you how you were born”
She imagines her mum with her legs wide open and thinks, is that were she comes from? This change is described well by the poet, the wording is just right. Very well done to the poet.
Towards the end of the school the weather gets worse.
“That feverish July, the air tasted of electricity”
The word “feverish” reminds you of cold and fast winds in that month. The poet describes this well as well as, the air tasted of electricity. This describes that the primary school days are nearly over, and the weather also links with this, ideas are changing. The poet tries to link the weather with the end of the school year, and she does this extremely well.
Towards the end of the school year as reports were handed out, you ran through the gates, ready to go to your next school.
“The sky split open into a thunderstorm”
The thunderstorm represents the end of the school year, which is finally over.
This obviously is after all the fun and laughter in the beginning scenes. When children are filled with happiness, the entire classroom is filled with wonderful decorations. You loved Mrs Tilscher, and she also loved you.
Then the thunderstorm at the end occurred because of the end of the school year, as children grew up from tadpoles to exclamation marks (adults). Children started to be more rood. Also towards the end, the weather changes, as it is fiercer towards the end of the school year.
* An onion is unusual about the poet’s choice of a valentine gift. It’s not the usual red rose or satin heart.
“Not a red rose or a satin heart”
It has a shape, which is equivalent to a sphere. It also has a brown substance, which is wrapped around it. The onion is very unusual but has lots of meanings as well as feelings for the person that will receive it. You look forward to having it because,
“It promises light”
* This particular gift was chosen because it means a lot for the person who receives it. It promises light. Brightness and positive vinculum together, that’s why this gift has been chosen.
“Like the undressing of love”
This means that you can take your clothes off and start love, this is similar when the to the onion, when it has it’s brown paper taken of it. It contains lots of different layers.
* There are several different affects that the person will receive.
“It will blind you with tears”
When you look at an onion tears start to appear in your eyes, it leads to tears just like a rose does.
There will be a disowned image in the mirror, your reflection will be smudgy and will not be seen properly because of the tears that appeared on your face. Where caused by an onion that meant a lot to you.
“It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief”
The fierce kiss stays on your lips, which means love will last long and will carry on forever.
“Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips”
The taste of an onion lasts long.
I learn that the thief is alone and has no friends; this leads to him stealing and making himself occupied. He has nothing to do; his life is dull and shadowed. What I deduce about the thief is that he has no human friends, and no relationships. I also deduce that the snow mans mind is cool as a slice of ice. He has a cold mind.
“With a mind as cold with a slice of ice”
I learn that he says,
“Better off dead then giving in, not taking what you want”
What he means by this is that you might as well be dead if you cannot take what you want. If you want something you should take it, and this is his advice for himself and also his point of view.
* The thief takes the snowman because he has no human friends because if this he treats the snowman as a friend. He took him because he had a mind, which was cold, this is why he wanted him.
“He looked magnificent tall white mute beneath the winter moon”
He takes him one by one and starts with head. He said, he weighed a ton. There is some sort of vinculum between the thief and the snowman. He also takes him so children would cry in the morning. Knowing that the snowman has gone he likes to hurt children.
“Part of the thrill was knowing that children would cry in the morning. Life’s tough”
* The poet presents the ideas convincingly step by step; he explains what the thief does and what he thinks of the snowman.
“Sometimes I steel things I don’t need”
The poet first writes down what he does need but doesn’t say that, then he comes across what he doesn’t need, all of which is only for entertainment.
The poet makes the thief answer as if someone is asking a question.
“I took some time”
The poet also writes what the thief thinks of himself.
“Mostly I’m so bored I could eat myself”
This shows that he has nothing to do; the poet at the end convinces readers that the thief is telling the questioner what he has said.
“You don’t understand a word I’m saying do you?”
This suggests that only the thief knows what he is doing and saying. It also suggests that he is completely different from other ordinary humans.