Literature Form Three
Poem Poisoned Talk
- Easy to read and understand
- The poem has 5 verses consisting of 5 lines each.
- Each verse begins with a question about a crime committed against nature and environment. The answer to the question is in italicised text.
Tone, Mood and Atmosphere
Tone: Ironic and sombre
The characters that confess to the killings in each verse are actually not the real killers. The poet uses irony to draw attention to the truth where in fact, humans are the real killers.
For instance, the worm confesses that he killed cock robin. Ironically, the worm himself is twice a victim. First, he was poisoned by the acid soil. Then, he was eaten by the bird.
Mood : Grim and chilling
The poem focuses on unnatural death and killing. In the last stanza, the last killer says that he ensured that the forest and all the creatures in it died.
The use of words like 'killed, 'great harm', 'died', 'withered', 'poisoned', 'tainted', and 'moaned' created the grim atmosphere.
sombre - dark or dull in color or tone; gloomy
grim - depressing or worrying to consider, forbidding or uninviting
withered - i. (of a plant) become dry and shriveled ii. cause harm or damage to
tainted - contaminate or pollute (something)
Rhyme and Rhythm
Rhyme pattern: abbcc