The theme of our society depriving children of their innocence is evident throughout the 3rd stanza which has a description of the children playing outside from the poet’s perspective. When he says “the children stay outside, bruised with dirt” he uses the dirt in a metaphorical manner to translate the message to the audience that children in our society are exposed to material that mentally scars them and reprieves them of their innocence. Another metaphor that is used to convey the extent of the affect that modern society has on children is “pound out grudges as tight as steel”. The metaphor “as tight as steel” is used to show the strength of their grudges and how their hatred of society will never leave them and continue to haunt them for eternity.
John Foulcher writes poems that allow the reader to visualise the scenes and people he is describing. Through the use of poetic techniques such as similes, metaphors, personification and onomatopoeia, Foulcher influences the reader’s response. The reader can appreciate the ideas and emotions he is communicating through his