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justify the title of the poem television

justify the title of the poem television

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    Roald Dahl’s poem “Television” is a poem critiquing the object which has made not only the kids but everyone addicted to it. The poet uses a lot imagery to describe it as television is concerned with lots of wonderful and terrible images and must be interesting enough to watch the audience’s attention. He portrays the dangerous threat which a television poses for everyone especially the kids and pleads the parents to not put their kids in front of the “idiot box.” The speaker continues listing his reasons as why one should avoid buying a television. He says the children do nothing but “lounge about” in front of the TV until “their eyes pop out.” Their intelligence and thinking capabilities are drained and they get addicted to the TV and might as well not have eyes if all they do is watch TV. He says that the kids get intoxicated on the “ghastly junk” of television shows instead of being an actual drunk. Dahl uphold the virtues and pleasures of reading and being engrossed in book and at the same time critiques the invention of the television, very correctly known as the “idiot box.” He urges the parents to switch their kids from the TV to books as otherwise the young generation will be greatly harmed. Hence, the title of the poem is aptly justified.

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