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Comment on the visual imagery in “The nursery shelves … waiting to be read”.

QuestionsComment on the visual imagery in “The nursery shelves … waiting to be read”.
Harshini asked 3 years ago

Comment on the visual imagery presented in the lines “The nursery shelves …waiting to be read” from the poem “Television” by Roald Dahl.

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 2 years ago

The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!

In the above-quoted lines from the poem “Television”, the poet has presented a remarkable visual imagery to lure the readers towards reading books. The nursery shelves holding piles of books, books cluttering up the entire floor, in the bedroom and by the bed waiting to be read vividly depict the positive craze of reading in a generation of people the poet talks about. This reaches to some point of eccentricity about reading books that is missing in today’s generation. The poet is sorrowful that the children of today’s world are far from this picture and rather happy staring at the television screen for extended period of time.


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