What is the poet’s attitude towards television in the poem “Television” by Roald Dahl?
As revealed in the poem, the poet is disgusted with television as it captures the attention of little children for long hours and makes their brains dull. He sees television in sharp contrast with books which he feels are the only things that can give children the imaginative faculty and pure joy. He calls television an “idiotic thing” which delivers only “shocking ghastly junk”. Dahl advises the parents to throw their TV set away and install a lovely bookshelf in its place.
Poet Roald Dahl feels that the television is a “ghastly junk “. He feels that television makes the brain of a child dull and ceases their ability to do something creative. He sees television in a great contrast to the books. He feels books develop the power of imagination in a child , while television set is like an idiot box which keeps the child in its place but damages their brain and they forget about all their earthly responsibilities and social manners.
the poet is really against the fact that the parents should switch the tv on to prevent their children to do any mischief and he has been advising parents to throw the set away
According to the poet we should NEVER, NEVER let our children NEAR our television set and he thinks that after all we should not install television at our homes and thinks it is an idiotic thing after all. Poet says that in every house he had been, he saw that children were gaping at the screen. Children sit and stare and stare and sit in front of that evil screen.
According to poet, children sit in front of it until they are hypnotized by it, although it keeps children still, it rots the sense in children’s head and kills the imagination dead. It clogs and clutters (confuses) up the mind of children and makes children dull and blind. Poet’s attitude is very negative towards the television and wants the whole world to reject television, an is apathetic and adverse towards it.