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vedavadone | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM via web

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What is the moral and conclusion  of the poem "The Frog and the Nightingale" by Vikram Seth?

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amymc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM (Answer #1)

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The poem's moral is stated in the poem by the villainous frog himself:

Well, poor bird – she should have known
That your song must be your own.

The nightingale, when she first arrived in the bog, had a beautiful, original voice that all the bog loved.  She enjoyed her singing; it made her happy.  The frog, jealous and greedy, seized upon her innocence and found a way to both make money and to rid himself of his competition.  

He took her talent and attempt to perfect it. In a sense, he attempted to fix what wasn't broken.  He made singing unpleasant for her, forced her into multiple practice sessions in poor conditions.  Finally, these sessions killed her.

There will always be someone willing to take away a person's beauty and joy.  Most people do not understand that a coach is pushing for personal fame or a parent is pushing to relive his youth through a child until it is too late.  The result could be hatred of a sport one first loved, injury, or even death.

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