What mood is suggested in the poem The Last Lesson by D.H. Lawrence?
Impatience is the tone most strongly conveyed in the poem The Last Lesson by D.H. Lawrence.
This poem is, quite simply, about a child who cannot wait to get out of school. The ambiguous "they" that is frequently referenced is the teacher of the class, or the education system. The speaker feels very suppressed by his/her schooling and lessons.
The speaker uses overdramatic and hyperbolic diction in order to convey how desperate he/she is to finish the last day of school:
No more can I endure to bear the brunt
Of the books that lie out on the desks: a full three score
Of several insults of blotted pages and scrawl
Of slovenly work that they have offered me.
That diction makes us empathize with the child, who clearly is suffering to be in lessons and feels like he/she is "enduring" school. The words "insult" and "slovenly" help to convey the mood of intense dislike that the student has for schoolwork, where he/she feels repulsed by the work.
I am sick, and tired more than any thrall
Upon the woodstacks working weariedly.
In those lines, the pain of physically being in school is apparently worse than the exhaustion of chopping wood, and in that moment the reader realizes just how dramatic the speaker is. While school is obviously not more tiresome than physical labor, the student's hatred of lessons makes it feel that way.
The poem ends with the statement "I will sit and wait for the bell." That concludes the rant of the student, and emphasizes that even though the student possesses an intense dislike for the school and the work, there is no other option. School is a requirement, and no matter how bad it is and how tired the student gets, they will still have to sit and wait for the release bell.
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