Home Learning- English lesson 1
Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Pig

n England once there lived a big
And wonderfully clever pig.
To everybody it was plain
That Piggy had a massive brain.
He worked out sums inside his head,
There was no book he hadn't read.
He knew what made an airplane fly,
He knew how engines worked and why.
He knew all this, but in the end
One question drove him round the bend:
He simply couldn't puzzle out
What LIFE was really all about.
What was the reason for his birth?
Why was he placed upon this earth?
His giant brain went round and round.
Alas, no answer could be found.
Till suddenly one wondrous night.
All in a flash he saw the light.
He jumped up like a ballet dancer
And yelled, "By gum, I've got the answer!"
"They want my bacon slice by slice
"To sell at a tremendous price!
"They want my tender juicy chops
"To put in all the butcher's shops!
"They want my pork to make a roast
"And that's the part'll cost the most!
"They want my sausages in strings!
"They even want my chitterlings!
"The butcher's shop! The carving knife!
"That is the reason for my life!"
Such thoughts as these are not designed
To give a pig great piece of mind.
Next morning, in comes Farmer Bland,
A pail of pigswill in his hand,
And piggy with a mighty roar,
Bashes the farmer to the floor…
Now comes the rather grizzly bit
So let's not make too much of it,
Except that you must understand
That Piggy did eat Farmer Bland,
He ate him up from head to toe,
Chewing the pieces nice and slow.
It took an hour to reach the feet,
Because there was so much to eat,
And when he finished, Pig, of course,
Felt absolutely no remorse.
Slowly he scratched his brainy head
And with a little smile he said,
"I had a fairly powerful hunch
"That he might have me for his lunch.
"And so, because I feared the worst,
"I thought I'd better eat him first."

-Roald Dahl

When I read the poem, I realized that the figurative speeches are
not used too many nor too little times, those speeches were only used
when the need for it comes.

1. Line 3, " Everyone thought it was plain".
The type of figurative speech used was metaphor.
The author used plain as plain refers to a surface that does not have much things on it,
when used on the pig, it referred to its intelligence.

2. Line 10, the speech used is " drove him round the bend." Metaphor is used. The author used
drove him round the bend to show that he kept thinking, rotating about the bend, but never getting
the answer.

3. Line 15, the speech used is " His giant brain went round and round". Metaphor is used. The
author used this speech to show that the pig kept thinking and therefore, the brain kept turning to function.

4. Line 18, the speech is, " All in a flash, he saw the light" Metaphor is used.
The author wrote that to display the meaning that the pig realized something very fast.
Light is often used to lead someone

in the darkness and flash is very fast, hence the author used the speech.

To sum it all, I feel that the poem is very humorous and
the reading experience is rather flowing and enjoyable.
The figurative speeches are used at the right time and the
poem is easy to understand .Last of all, this poem is meant for a f
riend of mine who is rather brainy too!


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