In Neville Giuseppi's "The Truant", what does the expression 'treasured prize' suggest/What is the treasured prize? What is the message of the poem? What aspects of the boys' behavior are...

In Neville Giuseppi's "The Truant", what does the expression 'treasured prize' suggest/What is the treasured prize? What is the message of the poem? What aspects of the boys' behavior are presented in the poem?

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beateach | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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In the poem “The Truant” Neville Giuseppi describes the antics of a young boy who joins a group of boys to frolic in the woods instead of going to school. In the first stanza, the “merry lad” begins with “twinkling eyes” in anticipation of the fun he will have as he leaves school. In the next four stanzas, the mood is light, as he becomes one of the twelve happy boys who play in the water, enjoy the sunny day, and chase birds in the woods. Their classroom of the day is nature and they enjoy every minute of it while learning the birdcalls, and finding the birds’ nests in the vines.

In the last stanza, the “twinkling eyes” become the “troubled eyes” of a quiet, introspective youth as the mood of the poem becomes serious. His “treasured prize” is the secret that he became a truant from school that day. In this case, the word “hugs” refers to the boy holding the secret day of truancy close to him. He has his memories of a beautiful day spent “learning” in the woods even though he knows it was the wrong thing to do. The message of the poem is that there are consequences for your actions.

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whoever answer these questions containing to the poem will get something for kindness. reply in the next

1 to 5 minutes please.here they are:

what are some of the things that attract the truant?

which lines in the poem tells that the truant is familiar with nature?

what does''there school the open sky mean''?

which two lines in the poem shows the boys enjoyment of nature?

why do you think nature is more appealing to the truant than school?

what do you think is the poet's attitude to the truant? put two descriptions and support your answer.remember please hurry time is running out

 

 

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