What contrast does the poet draw between the children of today and the children of the past in the poem Television?
In the poem “Television”, the poet Roald Dahl has presented a contrast between the two generations of the children — the children of his time and the children of today by showing the difference between their liking and interests.
The poet reminds us that children in earlier times used to read lots of books. Surprisingly people then spent half of their lifetime by reading books. The poet talks about the popular books of adventures that children used to read in his time. In those days boys and girls read fantastic stories of dragons, gypsies, queens, whales, treasure islands, smugglers, pirates, ships, elephants, cannibals and so on.
But nowadays, children prefer watching television to reading books. They spend a lot of time sitting in front of the screen. Dahl warns us that this addiction can cause serious problems including the loss of imaginative power and creative faculty in a child.