51 thoughts on “Philip Larkin – Toads

  1. Silver
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    The attitude is serious and a bit angry and it does not change thorough out the poem

    Gold

    In the reader eyes it is imagery and has lots of metaphor and personification Bronze got deleted

  2. Why should I let the toads work
    squat on my life?
    Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork
    And drive the brute off?

    P: In my opinion this suggests that, The Toad is his boss and he is saying why should he work for the toad and like the toad is sitting on top of him because it is far more superior and it isn’t comfortable.

    E: I think this because in the poem he is metaphorically describing how he feels and he isn’t happy with it.

    E: This means that He is not happy with the toad and the toad should be working for him instead.

    Six days of the week it soils
    With its sickening poison
    Just for paying a few bills
    That’s out of proportion

    P: In my opinion this suggests that he is working in a poisonous place and it is out of proportion.

    E: I think this because in the Poem he is describing how that is unfair and it’s only for a few bills so he should be getting more.

    E: This means that he is sick and tired of doing poisonous stuff and is annoyed.

  3. “Why should I let the toad work” is personification because toads are not able to work.
    “Six days of the week it soils” is also personification because you can’t soil a day.
    What does paupers mean?
    It means poor people.
    “Squat on my life” is also personification because it is a life without pain.
    By Marvin and Samantha.

  4. Who is the speaker of the poem?
    The speaker of the poem is the person who is working for six days a week.I think this because he was talking about how he was getting squatted on.So maybe the worker didn’t like him working here so he just mistreated him every single day for not working enough.And who knows,but after people work they usually get money such as builders.But this worker,he might not get money after working.This could cause him to starve if he didn’t have money to buy food.

    What is the attitude of the poem?does it change?
    It’s serious because in the olden days rich men used to be serious with the women.The men wouldn’t allow the women to speak to anyone when they are outside with other men.The women would look very skinny and the men would probably like it because they were quiet.

    Metaphor:
    Toad work
    Squat on my life

    By rayyan and umaiyyah

  5. The poem is organised with 4 line stanzas. There are 9 stanzas in total in this poem and there is no rhyming scheme. I think the poem is structured like this so it is easy to read and is clear to find specific info from. I believe the poem is about a man who has lots of pressure about his job and his boss is portrayed as a toad. Toads are seen as disgusting creatures to some so this could be the reason why his boss is portrayed as a toad. In the poem, the author states he wants to “drive off the brute“ with a pitchfork. The poem also speaks about how women were “as skinny as whippets” and hardly ever spoke. I believe that in the end of the poem the man gets a better job, a nicer house, and a lover.

  6. Why is the word starves in italics?

    We think the word starves is in italics as it is more of a possibility because no one will actually stave , but they choose to starve so they can be skinny.

    Language: the writer used the word toad as a metaphor to make the
    poem more interesting to the reader and get them thinking and intrigued .

    Bronze: we think the speaker of the poem is the person who is working 6 days a week as he is talking about how he is getting ‘squatted on’ we belive they meant this like he is being mistreated and getting walked on by everyone .

    Bronze: The poem is put into in 9 and a half .separate stanzas and there are different short sentences and they end in different bits of punctuation to add some excitement into the sentence .

    Rhyme scheme ; This makes the poem more effective and more interesting to read and listen to , therefor this would keep the reader Interested.
    Types of features: juxtaposition is used in this as the writer put a paragraph Where he is talking about the rich then the next paragraph is about the poor, this makes it so that they can make the paragraph about the rich look and sound even better that the one where they are poor , this also make the poor paragraph look even worse.

    Silver ; I think that the attitude of the poem is sort of serious as is one stanza it said ‘the unspeakable wife’ and in the olden days women were expected not to speak as they didn’t have the same rights as men , this shows that the Author is showing us how the law was and what they were expecting in the olden days from the women . Thus this hasn’t changed throughout the poem as it also shows us that the people who used there wits became rich and had a lot of money however people who didn’t became poor , this shows us how people were in the olden days and how using your mind was helpful in the olden days .

    Gold ; a simile in the poem is ‘ for something toad- like ‘ this is a simile as it uses like to show that something is sort of like it but not all the way.

    Metaphor-
    “Squats ion me” this is a metaphor as this is t really happening , it’s is showing us how they are mistreated and were walked over and not trusted , this also shows that people, didn’t show enough respect back then.

    Punctuation:
    Most of this has dashes and standards punctuation( full stops exclamation marks) and stanzas. Dashes are keeping the reader here as it is interesting them to stay as they want to see what happens next.

    Title:
    The title of the poem is showing us that the poem is going to be about a toad or a metaphor about a toad , therefor in this text we expected it to be a metaphor about how people were going to mistreat the person being shown as the toad is going the be mistreated as toads don’t really get treated well spas most people see toads as a disgusting animal ads they are slimy and dirty.

    GD: the message they are trying to convey is that Some people get ignored and walked on as they don’t use there brain a lot or they are poorer than some people and in the olden days women didn’t have the right to talk and they didn’t have the same respect as men had.

    By lexi and braydon

  7. Silver:

    He is serious in the poem because in the first stanza I can infer that he is both serious and angry because of his job. I know this as it says “Why should I let the toad work, squat on my life? Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork and drive the brute off?” This shows he is not happy about his job and the boss as he feels like he is being used.

    Gold:

    The image that the poem creates is hard labour and the “toad” as the boss forcing them to work. The people working at this place only get paid a small amount for working 6 days tirelessly. It creates an image of someone working in this place thinking about those who rely on their intelligence and how far in life that has gotten them then begins to think about those who are poor but are still happy.

    GD

    The idea that they are trying to imply is the difference between “need” and “desire”. The need to work for money and fortune and the desire to live by your wit/brain. Those who desire will earn more money and those who seek will only achieve little.

  8. Bronze :
    Language – The writer uses the phrase “ Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life?’’ to represent a figure in society such as a leader of mp or politician by controlling others lives .

    Narrative stance – The speaker of the poem could possibly be the writer (Phillip Larkin)

    Simile – Their unspeakable wives Are skinny as whippets . This is a simile as it describes the noun (the wife) as a Whippet which is a racing dog that is very skinny .

    Metaphor – Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life is a metaphor as it is not actually squatting on his life .

    Structure – The poem consists of 10 stanzas where the sentences end in different forms of punctuation such as semi colons , question marks and full stops .

    Theme : This poem may trying to say that people’s lives are being overruled by leaders of country’s such as prime ministers and the government in the poem they could be referred to as the toad and the people are to afraid to stand up to them .

    Title – The title tells me that the poem is about the amphibian animal toads .
    Tone: The tome in the poems is serious and formal as they are writing in the third person . By Armaan and Fatu

  9. I can analyse the metaphor of toad is a businessman that ruins paupers lives . I can infer this as the first stanza says “ toad squat on my life “ . This leads me to believe he is squatting ( which is an uncomfortable position) and the so called toad is sat on him leaving him in more misery and using him as a slave metaphorically this would have a mental impact in this writing leading it to a more negative impact on the reader . I can also infer that he wants the life rich people have because the poem states “never allow me to blarmy my way of getting the fame and the girl and the money “ which leaves me to conclude he is done with be poor and wants to be rich. This includes juxtaposition metaphors and similes .

  10. Bronze:
    The language used in this poem is metaphoric and had a rhythmic tone.
    The speaker of this poem is Phillip Larkin.
    There are 9 stanzas not all of them are the same some rhyme some don’t.

    Silver:
    The mood and attitude is calm and dramatic at the same time passes for me because it has a calm tone but dramatic flow.
    Simile:“ and cold as snow”.

  11. Bronze:
    The Poem Is Structured as in a normal poem would 4 lines per stanza
    And there which are 9 stanzas In this poem “toads”.
    Silver:
    The Tone of the story is serious because in the text it says” why should I let the toad work squat on my life” which shows an annoyed and serious tone included in the text

  12. Bronze:
    The speaker of the poem is Philip Larkin I know this because on the poem it says that it says that the author is Philip Larkin.
    This poem Is organised In stanzas I know this because the stanzas are in order.
    In this poem there are nine stanzas I know this because I have counted them all.
    I think it is written in this way because that could of been that kind of style.

  13. The attitude of the poem is angry and it is most likely aimed at his work since he talks about how he only has one day of rest and he works 6 days a week. His attitude changes over time from angry to serious since he starts talking about how his job is dirty and boring. I know that he is being serious because he starts comparing his work to poor lifestyles and that he would be more happy and free if he lived in a poor lifestyle.
    Gold
    The imagery made in the readers mind is stress as Philip Larkin is stressing about the fact that life is unfair. For example, there are homeless people who earn no money and they are happier than him.

  14. I think the Philip Larkin poem might be about rich people and poor people because in the poem it says “Lots of folk live on their wits:
      Lecturers, lispers,
    Losels, loblolly-men, louts-
      They don’t end as paupers”

    And in the first stanza wits mean your intelligence and it also says paupers which is a synonym for poor person;I think they are trying to say that rich people that live of their brain and don’t really end as paupers.

    In the second stanza it says
    Lots of folk live up lanes
      With fires in a bucket,
    Eat windfalls and tinned sardines-
      they seem to like it.
    I think this stanza is about poor people and how they live in lanes and how they eat tinned sardines and they seem fine with it.

    The literary devices added in this poem are metaphors,personification and juxtaposition
    They have used juxtaposition in this to show how extreme they are

    By Imran and Mubarig

  15. The title tells me that it’s related to toads and it shows that it’s quite simple.

    The language features are metaphors similes and there are 5 stanzas with four lines in each.

    The tone and attitude of this poem is an element of angriness, depressing and annoying because he didn’t like his job which made him angry and he didn’t get paid that well which made it annoying and he didn’t like his job but he had to do it to live which made it depressing. At some parts it was a different feeling. At some parts it was annoying and sometimes sad or even frustrating like when it said “with its sickening poison” it shows sadness and frustration.

    By Hishaam and Keira.

  16. Toads by Philip Larkin.

    He directly compares work to being a toad. He does this as his impression of work is horrible and dirty. The line “ Squat on my life” is saying that work is not comfortable. He is also saying why should he let it over take his life. In the line “ Can’t I use my pitchfork and drive the brute off”. This is saying why can’t he fend off work with a pitch fork. He wants to drive it away. He says that the proportions of work to rest is uneven. He is living to work and is not getting enough of rest. Some language features in these stanzas are “ metaphors” and “ rhetorical questions”. A pauper means a very poor person. A losel means a worthless person. A loblolly man is people who work on boats and ships. Louts are aggressive people at the market who shout out deals. These are referred as loud market man. A pauper means a very poor person. He is saying that there are other jobs out there and they don’t end up poor.Philip says there are people that warm themselves with a fire in a bucket. They eat windfalls and tinned sardines, yet they are still happy with their lives. He is comparing himself to other people. Larkin has also talked about the jobs of others. Even though their children have no money of clean clothes none of them actually starve. Larkin is saying that they are in bad conditions but they are still happy. He hates his job as it is six days a week with one day
    of rest. He has lots of things for himself but they are still more happy then him. If Larkin had to give up work and live the lifestyle of the paupers he would be more happy and free. As he would not have to work his one day break and he like them. Philip is saying that getting good money from a job and getting good rest is like a dream. Larkin has to work not because he wants to it’s because he has to . So he can live.

    The attitude of the poem was sad and angry. He was sad and angry about how work has to be like this. He has almost no rest but he still worked on the most basic living conditions. This was not fair for the working class. Because of education and other things they were treated better. He would even become a pauper just so he didn’t have to work his job. He never had the courage to end his job. That is why this poems attitude is sad and angry behind it.

    An image of him pushing his job away is what imagery I got in my head. Another picture is him going towards the streets to go and live there. To become a worthless pauper.

    I think the text represents don’t do something worthless to earn something worthless. As it is useless just if you wanted to leave it in the first place.

  17. Toads by Philip Larkin- 1955

    Philip Larkins poetry shows human experiences. In the poem toads Philip is comparing work to a toad. This is because, since toads are dirty he is saying that work is dirty. The phrase “squat on my life” means overtake the persons life. He is saying “can’t I use my pitchfork to drive the brute off” because he can’t keep away from work . He works six days of the week with no rest one day of life. He just has the job just to pay a few bills. The poet then continues to compare work to being a sickening poison.

    Some phrases with there meanings:
    Losels- a worthless person,
    Loblolly men- a boy or man who works on a boat or ship,
    Louts- loud market men,
    Pauper- poor people,
    Wits- Intelligence,
    Windfall- food which the wind has carried with it to them because they blew of the trees,
    Nippers- children and
    Whippets- grey hound dogs.

    Philip Larkin then continues saying that money doesn’t make happiness. Moreover, he compares his jobs to others. Poor people are happy and content with what they have even though they have to live in the street and eat tinned sardines and windfall. He compares them to him when they have nothing and he lives in a better condition but they are happier than him because he doesn’t like work or his life. He will be happier if he was not working 6 days a week non stop. He would rather have to live in the streets. It is a dream to have enough money to live but also not have to work so hard everyday.

    Anis and Tahseen

  18. Philip Larkin,Toads
    Phillip Larkin wrote in a time where there was a clear difference between working class and middle-class.His poems were aimed at middle class students because of his status,the poem toads was written in 1955. The poem Toads is a metaphor as he directly compares work to a toad.This means that he is saying that work is not attractive and may be a little dirty. By using the phrase ‘Squatting’ he means that work is bland and he doesn’t want it overtaking his life.Using his wit as a pitchfork to drive the brute of may mean to keep the toad or beast away. It also mentions that he works six days a week and is only doing it to pay his bills.Words we have unpicked: Losels means some that is worthless.Lobolly -men means someone that works on boats/ships. Louts mean loud market men. Paupers means poor . Fires in a bucket means poor people,who warm there hands up with fire and eat scraps of trees and eat the cheapest food. This means that money doesn’t make happinesses. The difference between the first stanza and the last stanza is that he has compared his lifestyle with other people’s lifestyles . He is also saying that the children haven’t got any shoes , there wives are as skinny as racing dogs but nobody actually starves. This last line of the stanza suggest that they are happy with there lives even though they don’t have much food. Also he is thinking logically that they are more happier than him and he lives in a house with much more clothes and food . If Larkin were to stop working he would not be sad as he gets free time. To shout ‘Stuff your pension’ to them would be wrong as he knows he can’t stop working as he won’t get enough money and he doesn’t have enough money.

    Silver:
    The tone of the poem is serious as he is comparing his perspective of working everyday to the poor people’s
    life ,who have to live on the streets and eat scraps . In my opinion , the stanza where it talks about the children with there bare feet and the wives looking like racing dogs adds a bit of humour to it .

    By Luqman and Shivani.

  19. Toads by Philip larkins :

    Toads was made in 1955.philip larkins does art and poets especially the toads was the famous one and then in 1955 during the war he started doing art and poets like toads and then he started doing more and more.He wrote poets about people everyday doing and then he didn’t always get to sleep ,all time he was working and working on arts.philip larkins had a job and didn’t sleep
    because he kept working but not sleeping.
    Words that we picked in the test
    Louts:aggressive and loud market men
    Paupers:a very poor person
    Loblolly:people who work on ships or boats
    Losers:worthless man
    Philip Larkin works 24/7 and I don’t get sleep and he hates is job more than the people on the streets and they are happier more for them more than his work an I leave a more good life than this is poor people but they still have a good life and hates his job more and more.
    He is forcing him self to work it not that he doesn’t want to he has to do it.

    Bronze: The speaker of the poem is Phillip larkin as known as a famous poet as he made toads as he put on some metaphors like he want to say ‘stuffyour pension ‘ which means he wanted to quit his job but he knew he can’t quit he will be home less like paupers ( known as homeless people)

  20. Silver:
    The tone and attitude of this poem is very serious and aggressive as he isn’t very merry with his work, even though there are nippers and skinny wives eating tinned sardines and scraps, happy and appreciative with what they are given. He must work six days a week, meaning that he is only has one day of work, getting very stressed and distressed. It changes from him being very bored and complaining about work to being very serious, comparing the bad conditions that people live in to his work.
    Gold:
    The imagery I get from him and his disturbing intonation makes me think that he is very depressed and he was lonely.

  21. Philip Larkin

    He wrote in a time where there was a clear difference between working-class and middle-class.His poem ‘Toads’ was written in 1955. The poem is a metaphor. Work might be dirty slime. He is comparing the work to a toad. Why should work let overtake his life. It is a negative poem so far. He is tired of work and he is living to work so he can pay his bills but he only gets one day of rest. Other people jobs which are not great but they still get money. He has looked at his job and other people’s job as well. Even though people are very skinny and children has bare feet and they eat stuff of trees no one actually staves. He is saying that even though i live better them then they are still living a very happy life. If he had to stop working six days a week he won’t be sad because he will live a happy life and he would be free. He works because he has to it’s not because he wants to.
    Bronze
    1. The speaker of the poem is Philip Larkin.
    2. The poem is organised by stanzas.
    3. I think it is not the same because they are structured in any place.
    4. I think it is structured this way because every poem has to have stanzas or it won’t be a poem.
    Silver
    I think the attitude of the poem is serious because some people are homeless because they have horrible and nasty jobs and some people have mean jobs.
    Gold
    1. It is creating in the readers mind that they are loads of toads and they are really stick and slimy and people hate that job.
    Smilies
    Nasty and horrible toads.
    Horrible jobs.

  22. Poem analysis:
    He wrote in a time when there was a clear difference between working-class and middle-class. He aimed the poems towards middle-class due to the difficulty of changing your social status. The poem Toads was written in 1955. He wrote a lot of poems about human life. ‘Boredom’.

    ‘Why should I let the toad work,
    Squat on my life,
    Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork,
    And drive the brute off,’
    The poet directly compares the toad to work. This is a metaphor. He compares the work as toad as it isn’t great and nice also attractive. He is also saying ‘why should work overtake my life’ So far, we think this is a negative poem.

    ‘Six days of the week it soils,
    With it’s sickening poison,
    Just for paying a few bills
    That’s out of proportion,
    He is saying that working 6 days a week is out of proportion as he is only working to pay bills and only get 1 day off and rest. He compares work as sickening poison.

    Lots of folk live on their wits:
    Lectures, lispers,
    Losels, loblolly man, louts,
    They don’t end us a paupers
    A loblolly man is a person part of the navy. A pauper is a very poor person . A lout is an aggressive boy. Losels is a worthless person. These are the words we have unpicked in this stanza. In this stanza he is trying to say that there are other jobs that are not the best yet they don’t end up poor.

    Lots of folk live up lanes,
    With fires in a bucket,
    Eat windfalls and tinned sardines,
    They seem to like it,
    Eat windfalls. This means that poor people eat things that fall off trees such as oranges, apples, and pears but they are happy. This shows that money doesn’t bring happiness. He has compares his life to the others.

    Their nippers have got bare feet,
    Their unspeakable wives
    Are skinny as whippets – and yet,
    No one actually starves
    Even though their children and they live in poor life conditions, they still are content in terms of life style. The poet hates work and life but these poor people are more happy than the people with a higher status.
    If the poet had to give up work and live this lifestyle, he’d be happy.

    Ah, were I courageous enough
    To shout Stuff your pension
    But I know all too well that’s the stuff
    That dreams are made on
    He is trying to say that if he was brave enough he would quit his job and screw his pension. A pension is money given when you retire.
    Silver:
    The tone of the poem is negative as he talks about his job doesn’t give him a high pay and doesn’t let him rest often enough. It also talks about social status. It changes when he talks about the lifestyle of the poor people as it is better than the lifestyle he lives.
    Gold:
    Language features that are included in the poem are:
    Metaphors- He directly compares the toad to work
    Imagery- The paupers eat tinned sardines and eat windfalls. This creates imagery for the reader
    GD:
    The subjects and ideas conveyed in this poem Toads by Philip Larkin are social status and lifestyle as he talks about the status of people of the public and their lifestyle. This poem was written in 1955. This time period was very tough as it was after ww2 and there weren’t many jobs available and there was a big difference between the social status of people ( Middle class and Lower class)

  23. Silver:
    The attitude of the poem is serious because it talks about human experience and about social and public. This poem changes into being angry as the toad is working really long time and he really hates his life.
    Gold:
    The sort of image which will be created in the reader’s mind is a person who has a job of a toad and is working 6 days a week and he has a really upsetting life.He also hates that the homeless people are even happier than him even though I am in a better condition.

  24. He wrote in a time where there was a clear difference between working-class and middle-class. Phillip was writing for a particular audience, the middle class, sue to the difficult of changing your social status
    He wrote a lot of poems about humans experiencing, the boredom of every day life! Because sometime life can be boring A bored! you can tell by this voice and Appearance.Unpicking the “Toad”

    Why should I let the toad work= he directly says that work is a toad ( a metaphor) Toads are not attractive, they’re ugly, slimy,dirty,
    He saying that work is not great attractive and is comparing this to a toad,it could be a little bit dirty Squat= He said that because it’s bland, not comfortable. He’s saying why should work overtake my life
    The impression of this poem is negative, starting of bad Why can’t I keep work away
    For six days a week he works and he saying it’s out of proportion because he doesn’t get enough rest compared to work and he only works just to pay the bills He compares work into a sickening poison, some poison elementsLosels= A worthless Person Lobolly=
    a pine tree of the southern US that has very long slender needles and is an important source of timber. Louts= loud market men
    Lisper=a speaker who lisps. see more. Paupers= A very poor person Wits= itelengence
    Other jobs are out there which don’t seem like the best jobs out there but at least they’re not poor
    Other jobs are out there which don’t seem like the best jobs out there but at least they’re not poor
    There are people out there who have buckets of fire to keep them warm Eat windfalls= there are people out there who eat the cheapest food and they’re still happy even though they live in bad conditions
    Money doesn’t make you happy He has compared his experience to other people’s experience
    Nipper=Child Most of the time they’re not able to afford clothes for they’re children
    Whippets are racing dogs They’re wives are skinnny
    Even though they’re not living in their best even though they’re poor and skinny,they’re still got good wellbeing The last stanza suggests that the family are still content but compared to the Man he think that works is terrible he hates it, even though he lives better conditions then them homeless family, they still happy but unlike the man even though he has more money, clothes and has a job, they still have a happier life but he doesn’t enjoy work.
    If Larkin quit his job and be homeless, he would be more free and happy unlike his job where he works 6 days every week Pension= When someone retires they will have a lot of money in their pension
    The only way to get your pension is for you to work but if you work for a short time then you won’t get your pension He’s not courageous enough because he hasn’t got a bother job, and no other way of getting money
    He’s forcing himself to work even though he doesn’t like it he still does it
    At the end: He can’t leave work because he doesn’t have the work and he can’t

    • Bronze

      The Speaker of the poem is Phillip Larkin. There are 10-stanzas in total I
      think then poem is structured this way into loads of stanzas because it talks about the parts in a more detailed way.

      Silver

      The attitude of the poem for the man is annoyed because of work and he doesn’t like it, he’s a bit jealous because when he looks at the homeless people, he wants to have a happier life and have a break from work.
      The homeless people are happy, joyous.

      By JJ and Rifath

  25. Why should I let the toad work. And squat on my life?
    This suggest that he work and the toad is a boss or a person that rules his life and the squatting ontop of his life is he’s being pressured or being pushed too much.

    Drive the brute off?

  26. Philip Larkin – Toads

    Philip Larkin is calling work a toad, saying why should work overtake my life. He says why can’t he keep work away just using his wit in the next stanza.He goes on to speak on how some poor people live in horrible conditions but are still happy with their lives, showing money isn’t happiness. After that, He continues with talking on a pauper’s family, how they are hungry but don’t actually starve. He is saying their are homeless, poor people who live way worse than him however they enjoy their lives more because he has to work six times a week at a job he does not even enjoy; he’d be happier homeless. Next, he says he isn’t courageous enough to quit his job and not fill up his pension, because there is no other way for him to get money, he says it is a dream for that to happen.

    Glossary:
    Losels – Someone useless.

    Loblolly men – People who work on boats.

    Louts – loud market men.

    Paupers – Poor people.

    • Silver – There are tones of anger but it is mostly a complaint; a depressing mood.

      Gold – The imagery created is of a homeless person’s life, a pauper and his family. He creates an image about how he gets overworked.

  27. Language:
    “With it’s sickening poison”. I believe the meaning of this is that someone is using something so awful that it is like poison.
    “Ah, were I courageous enough” tells me that people were not courageous enough to do what they want.
    “And drive the brute off” tells me that there is someone who is a brute that he wants to drive off

    Bronze
    The poem is organised in stanzas, and has 9 or 10, depending on if you count the 1 line. Most of them have 4 lines, except the last part. I think the poem is structured this way because it is easier for the poet to use.

    The speaker of the poem is the poet.

    Silver
    The attitude is serious, angry and sad. At first it is angry and serious and then it becomes sad.

    Gold
    Metaphor: “With it’s sickening poison”
    Personification: “The toad work”
    Simile: “toad like”

    GD
    The poem is trying to tell you to stand up to bad people that annoy us.

    Punctuation
    Punctuation is used to add a pause and tell how a person is speaking.
    It emphasises words too.

    Title
    The significance of the title is that it tells you what the poem or text is about.

    Rhyme scheme
    The effect from the rhyme scheme is that it makes the poem more interesting

  28. Bronze:
    The main speaker is Philip Larkin.The poem is organised in stanzas. There are 9 stanzas. Yes they have similar lines because it’s a poem.
    Silver:
    The attitude is him being at school and not likening work. It doesn’t change during the poem.
    Gold:
    Drive the brute off is personification. Six days of the week it soils white it’s sickening poison – just for paying a few bills!That’s out of proportion is a metaphor.
    GD:
    The hidden meaning is talking about the work in class being very awful(Working in class is hard for him because he doesn’t like writing)

  29. Silver:
    I believe that the attitude of this poem is annoyed as he describes his work as squatting on his life and is having trouble with his bills. Also he describes that he has sardines I believe that he had to eat something that he could afford and not our of his budget. It does not change during the poem.

    Bronze:
    The speaker of this poem is Philip Larkin which is the writer of this poem.

    Bronze:
    It is organised in 4 line stanzas. There are 9 stanzas if all stanzas were four lines. Yes there are all the same length except the last 2 lines as one is a 3 line stanza and the other is a 1 line stanza. I think this poem is organised this way to put emphasis on the 1line stanza.

  30. Bronze:
    The speaker of the poem is Phillip Larkin because he is talking how hard his life is. The poem is organised in stanzas. There are 9 or 10 stanzas.
    Yes because they are kind of in the same length but it is a lit bit not. The poem is structured in a four line way and it is on the same length.

    Silver:
    The emotion of the poem is serious because he is talking about how hard his life is and how bad it it for the people around him. Also it doesn’t change during.

    Gold:
    I think the phrase “squat on my life” to mean that his life was hard.

    I think the phrase” lots of folks live on lanes, with fire on their bucket” means they like destruction.

    GD:
    The theme is about how hard he has life and he was brave enough to stand up for someone. The audience should feel bad for him because of his bad life and even that Sochi stood up for someone.

    Title:
    The title is significant because it tells us about toads and the poem is as same a the title.

    Rhyme scheme:
    The rhyming is that they rhyme every one line gap and it is a rhyming scheme.

    Language:
    The language is really powerful in the poem. The effect are about his life and that he has created more powerful vocabulary. It has colloquial language but only has a little.

  31. Bronze:

    The poem is organised in 4 stanzas which have 4 lines each, and are in similar length in terms of lines as usually the 1st and 3rd line of each stanza are of similar size and the 2nd and 4th stanza are of similar size as well in each stanza. I think the poem has been built in this way as it may try to add cohesion or exaggeration into the poem or show types of figurative language to make it more effective or even it could have been used for the amount of syllables in each stanza to match and create rhythm.

    Bronze 2:

    I think the speaker/narrator of the poem is the poet as he might be relating to how his life was then such as describing how ‘unfair’ it was and how hard work would not be paid well which could relate to how the government or how people were then.

    Silver:

    I think the attitude of the poem is serious/angry as in the poem it suggests ‘ for its sickening poison just for paying a few bills’ it can potray anger and seriousness as it tells us how people can work to hard but only get payed so much that they can pay the least of the bills, this also tells us how he is relating to life and how hard it was back then which is serious and can also show anger. I think the attitude changes throughout the poem to sarcasm because later in the poem it shows how people have hard but simple lives and sometimes they can enjoy it or be happy they at least have something to work this, some examples of this in the text are ‘As skinny as whippets but no one actually starves’ ‘Eat windfalls and tinned sardines they seemed to like it’ we can also relate this to our school value ‘Resilience’ as it shows how although people may not like their work they are resilient and still work hard and find a way to actually enjoy it.

    Gold:

    I think the imagery created in the readers mind are people working hard doing their jobs and the roads can act like people who put pressure onto workers and pay them less but the workers can be resilient and try and enjoy it in their own way even if they are not being treated well.

  32. Gold
    “Why should I let the toad work
    Squat on my life?”
    This line might mean a person who is in power like the prime minister and isn’t very good and can be ruining his life.

    “For something sufficiently toad-like
    Squats in me, too;
    It’s hunkers are heavy as hard luck,
    And cold as snow
    And will never allow me to blarney.”
    This might mean his mind isn’t letting him compliment the working class.

    “Eat windfalls and tinned sardines they seem to like it. There nippers have got bare feet.”
    I think this line is about the working class and this links with democracy as he is expressing his views.

    GD
    The hidden meaning is talking about the working class being very awful (Working class are people who are working in unskilled or semi – skilled industrial or manual jobs).

  33. Bronze:
    1)The speaker of the poem is most likely a man that might be low on money.
    2)The poem is organised in stanzas. There are 9 stanzas but there is a 1 line stanza. Most of them are 3 lines long.
    Silver:
    I believe that the attitude is humorous and sarcastic because the poet tries to turn a serious situation into a sarcastic, funny poem.
    Gold:
    “Lots of folk live on their wits”
    I believe this means that he is in a bad situation and is referring to other people being smarter than him with their money.
    “Squat on my life”
    I believe that this phrase means that his life is ruined because if you sit on something like an egg it breaks so he might be comparing them.
    “Ah, were I courageous enough, To shout stuff your pension”
    I think this means that the speaker wishes he was brave enough to Stand up to someone that he works for.
    GD: I think that the subjects is he is low on money and can’t pay bills and also the struggle he is going through. However he is trying to earn some which is showing resilience.

  34. Language :
    Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life ?
    This means that he may be referring to someone in power like a prime minister or the government as they are controlling people’s lives.

    Narrative stance : Bronze
    Ah , were I courageous enough
    This means that the poet who wrote this poem is referring to the main character in this sentence as someone who is courageous enough to probably do something .

    Simile : Gold
    “For something sufficiently toad-like”
    This sentence is a simile as it is comparing 2 words and uses the word “like”.

    Metaphor: Gold
    “Squats in me too”
    This is a metaphor as there is not actually squats in him. Hence this sentence is a metaphor .

    Structure : Bronze
    The poem is organised in 10 separate stanzas where the short sentences end in different types of punctuaution such as semi – colons and question marks .

    Theme: Gold
    This poem may be trying to say that their lives are ruled over by people in power, this may be the government or prime minister. I think this as they talk about paying bills which may mean that they might be paying for their electricity or even tax. Hence, this could mean that they are being controlled by others.

    Title :
    The title of this poem tells me that the poem may be written about toads or based around the habitat of toads or other animals and amphibians ( cause toads are amphibians ) .

    Tone : Silver
    In my opinion the tone is very serious and formal as they are talking like they don’t know the reader and also they are talking about very serious things that need to be solved.

    Punctuation :
    To shout stuff your pension !
    The punctuation in this sentence has been expressed to show someone or something who is either shouting or angry .

    Rhyme scheme :
    In the first stanza , the rhyme scheme is “a b a c “as the first and third line rhyme but the second and fourth line don’t . The rhyming words in the first stanza is pitchfork and work . In the second stanza , the rhyme scheme is “a b c b “because the second and fourth line rhyme and the first and third line don’t .

    Shahzaib and Lakeysha

  35. Bronze
    The speaker of the poem is Phillip Larkin (the author)
    Bronze
    The poem is organised in stanzas and has no rhyme.
    In the poem there are 10 stanzas.
    Majority of the stanzas are similar size (4 lines) however there are some stanzas that have less then 4 lines or more.
    The poem is structured this way because it makes it look more clear, for example the poem is structured in stanzas and has the right amount of syllables on each line.
    Silver
    The poems mood is angry but the poet tries to say it in a funny way, for example in the poem it says “squat on my life” and doing a squat is hard which means his life is hard.
    The mood does change in the poem because in the text it says “The fame and the girl and the money” which means he’s happy now because all the hard work paid off in his life.
    Gold
    In my opinion, the image created in the readers mind is someone that is struggling in life but working very hard near the start of the poem but near the end the image that will be built up in the readers mind is someone who is rich and all there hard work has paid off.
    GD
    In my opinion the poem is trying to demonstrate that all your hard work will be paid off. For example the poet is trying to say prepare for the best hope for the worst. Also it is trying to show resilience skills.
    Title
    The significance of the title that it attracts the reader which is good for the author.
    Language
    They are all examples of colloquial expression.

  36. Language:
    Onomatopoeia- This is when you express loud sounds like BANG and BOOM !
    Alliteration- This is when two or more words have the same beginning letter for e.g.
    *Lying lion
    *growing grass.

    Title:
    The significance of the title shows that what the poem is about.

    Punctuation:
    There are exclamation marks , comas, full stops and capital letters.

    Rhyme scheme:
    It makes it more interesting and gives more meaning to the poem.

    Narrative stance:
    The speaker of the poem is the person who made the poem. (Probably)

    Bronze :
    The poem is laid out in stanzas as it is a poem. There are 9 stanzas.
    The poem is structured like this as it would be clear to see that it is REALLY a poem !

    Silver:
    The attitude of the poem starts with anger and seriousness then it changes its tone by being a little sarcastic.

    Gold:
    The picture that is created in the readers head from the poem is that there maybe someone stressing out on their bills by having to pay more that expected. Also, how little they get paid from their job.

    GD:
    The poem used the word ‘Toad’ as is shows a message by maybe some one has been annoying Him to pay more money for the bills which lead to overworking.

  37. 1)What does ‘brute’ mean?
    The word brute means ‘a savagely violent person or animal ‘.

    2)What does the word ‘Wit’ mean?
    The word wit means ‘mental sharpness and inventiveness; keen intelligence.
    2a)Find synonyms and antonyms of the word ‘Wit’?
    Synonyms:
    •Fun
    •Joke
    •Pun
    •Humour
    Antonyms:
    •Humourless
    •Stupidity
    3)Research the term blamely?
    It means your tending to blame somebody.

    Bronze:
    The poem is organized very neatly.
    There are about 10 stanzas.
    Some are small stanzas and some are big satnzas.

    Silver:
    The attitude changes throughout the poem first the road is sad and telling what the people do then later on he is angry.

    Gold:
    Similes:
    •It’s hunkers are as heavy as hard luck ,
    And cold as snow.

  38. Language:
    The poet uses the word ‘toad’ as a metaphor this is effective as it makes the poem more interesting.
    Structure:
    The poem is set out in stanzas (five stanzas) they each have 4 lines in them, the poem can be set out like this to make it look well organised.
    Tone:
    At the start of the poem the tone is angry then it was serious after it was a bit sad and then at the end it was a bit sarcastic.
    Imagery:
    The image in the reader’s head after reading the poem could be that there is a stressed person who is struggling to pay his bills and he is only getting a little money from his job.
    Narrative stance:
    The speaker of the poem is Philip Larkin.
    Title:
    The significance of the title is to tell you what the poem is about.
    Punctuation:
    Some of the punctuation that has been used is question marks and dashes.
    Rhyme scheme:
    The rhyming scheme makes the poem more effective and interesting to read. Also, it gives the poem some meaning.
    GD:
    The poet has used the word ‘toad’ to convey a message to the reader.

    • GD:
      The poet uses the work ‘toad’ to convey the message that maybe some one is being very annoying to the person as he gets little money from working and he has been behind on his bills.

  39. Language :
    Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life ?
    This means that he may be referring to someone in power like a prime minister or the government as they are controlling people’s lives.

    Narrative stance : Bronze
    Ah , were I courageous enough
    This means that the poet who wrote this poem is referring to the main character in this sentence as someone who is courageous enough to probably do something .

    Simile : Gold
    “For something sufficiently toad-like”
    This sentence is a simile as it is comparing 2 words and uses the word “like”.

    Metaphor: Gold
    “Squats in me too”
    This is a metaphor as there is not actually squats in him. Hence this sentence is a metaphor .

    Structure : Bronze
    The poem is organised in 10 separate stanzas where the short sentences end in different types of punctuaution such as semi – colons and question marks .

    Theme: Gold
    This poem may be trying to say that their lives are ruled over by people in power, this may be the government or prime minister. I think this as they talk about paying bills which may mean that they might be paying for their electricity or even tax. Hence, this could mean that they are being controlled by others.

    Title :
    The title of this poem tells me that the poem may be written about toads or based around the habitat of toads or other animals and amphibians ( cause toads are amphibians ) .

    Tone : Silver
    In my opinion the tone is very serious and formal as they are talking like they don’t know the reader and also they are talking about very serious things that need to be solved.

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