Poem 09 The Toys By Coventry Patmore

THE TOYS (COVENTRY PATMORE) 1823 - 1896


Q:1.What religious idea does the poem “The Toys” convey to its readers?
The religious idea presented in the poem is that God is benevolent and merciful Who forgives man despite his disobedience. It is the Christian belief that God is the father of all men. He loves all His children deeply and forgives their mistakes out of love, although a man disobeys Him throughout his life and does not understand His commands. This religious idea is conveyed to the readers through an incident in the poet’s life. 

Q:2.What everyday incident is narrated by the poet to convey the idea?
He narrates an everyday incident of a young boy who disobeys his father. The young child disobeys his father for the seventh times and invites his anger. The father loses his temper and punishes his son severely. Later, overcome by paternal love, he goes to his son’s room to find him sleeping. In his grief at being scolded by his father, he has turned for comfort to his toys. The father is deeply touched by the sight and forgives his son. This incident makes the writer realize the relation between man and his Creator. According to Christian belief, God is the father of all human beings. Therefore, He, like a father, will forgive all our sins when we lie in eternal sleep. 

Q:3.Why did Coventry Patmore’s little son behave in a “grownup wise”?
His little son behaved like a grown-up because he did not have a mother who would have protected him from the harsh realities of life. Being a motherless child, he learned to bear/endure people’s cruel attitude with calmness like the grownups. 

Q:4.How many times did the child disobey his father?
He disobeyed his father six times and it was for the seventh time that he disobeyed. On his seventh mistake, he was punished by his father. 

Q:5.Why did the father visit his son’s room?
The father visited his room to see if his son was asleep. He feared that he might be awake due to grief, so he went to his room to console him, as there was no one else. 

Q:6.How did the son react to his father scolding?
The son took his father’s scolding like grownups. He did not complain or cry; he just looked at his father in a grown up manner and then went to his room. 

Q:7.What moved the poet?
The sight of the sleeping child with swollen eyes, wet lashes and surrounded by toys moved the writer. 

Q:8.Why was he moved to tears?
He was moved to tears because he loved his son deeply. His suffering and grief made his heart ache and he left a few tears of his own while kissing away the tears of his son. 

Q:9.What did the writer do that night?
The writer that night when prayed to God admitted that a man makes the God angry by disobeying His commands and running after unimportant things, but God showers His mercy upon man and forgives him for all his mistakes. 

Q:10.What was the writer reminded of, by this mundane (ordinary, everyday) incident in his life?
This small incident between the father and his young son reminded the writer of the relationship between God and man. He realized that as he had forgiven his son for his mistake, God would also forgive man’s mistakes because He is merciful. According to Christian belief, God is the Father of all humanity. So as a father forgives his son’s mistakes God, the father of all men will forgive His children out of love that He has for them. 

Q:11.When will God leave His wrath?
He will leave His wrath when He sees His children suffering at the time of death. 

Q:12.Why will God leave His wrath?
He will leave His wrath because He loves His children (all men) dearly. He has created them from clay, molded them into the best shape with love and affection. He cannot see them suffering as a father so that is why He gives up His anger and forgives man. 

Q:13.What will God say while pardoning man?
He will say that He is very sorry for the way we behaved, which was very childish. Then He will have mercy upon us and forgive us for our sins and misdeeds.

THE TOYS

Introduction of the Poet 
The Toys in one of the beautiful poems composed by Conventry Patmore. Conventry  Patmore was born in London in 1823. He had a religious bend of mind deeply associated  with the everyday happenings of life. His publications are The Angel in the House and  The Unknown Eros and Other Odes. Patmore died in 1896. 

Introduction of the Poem 
The poem conveys the idea of mercy of God through an incident in the Poet’s house. The  verses of this poem are different from other poems. The lines are uneven and are rhymed  in an irregular manner. 

Summary 
One night, the poet scolded his son for disobeying orders and talking in loud voice. The  child went quietly to his bedroom with a gloomy heart. After some time, the poet realized  that he had made a mistake, as his son was lonely and his mother had died. No one was  there to cheer him up. 
The poet, went into his son’s bedroom thinking that his child must be weeping and  trying to sleep. But when he entered the room, he saw the boy calmly sleeping in bed.  The poet noticed marks of tears on his cheeks. He also saw some toys neatly arranged on  a table besides his son, which were kept to comfort the sad heart. The sight of the room  was very uncomfortable for the poet. He felt sorry for his attitude and learning the  importance of toys for the child. 
The poet was inspired by the whole incident. He kissed his son and cleared the tears in  his eyes. He understood that God loves his fellowmen more than a father loves his son.  Then why should not God forgive the people who commit mistakes. He also realized that  as the toys were of no importance to him, this world has no worth before God. We only  console our hearts by the beauty of this world. This thought gave the poet a New Hope.  He prayed all night with the feeling that God is merciful and would forgive him. 
Moral 
We should forgive the mistakes of people and live with a friendly atmosphere. God is  merciful on us & he forgives those people who forgive the mistakes of human beings. “Let me be a little kindness, let me be a little blinder to the faults of those around  me.” 
“Multiple Choice Questions” 1. The poem “The Toys” is composed by ______________.  
Shelly William words worth Coventry Patmore Robert Browning 


2. Coventry Patmore was ______________ man. 
Romantic Religious Social Cultural 


3. The son of Coventry Patmore disobeyed his law ______________times. 
Ten Five Six Seven 


4. The ______________ of the Patmore’s son was died. 
Brother Sister Mother Father 


5. The son of Patmore comforted him by ______________.  
Toys T.V Books Magazines 


6. Coventry Patmore visited the ______________ of his son. 
Garden College School Bedroom 


7. Coventry Patmore was born is ______________.
1823 1817 1827 1822


8. The wife of Coventry Patmore was ______________woman. 
Cruel Patient Quarrelsome Insane 


9. The son of Patmore behaves like by ______________.  
Infant Child Old Grown up wise 


10. The son of Patmore arranged ______________ copper coins.  
2 3 5 4


11. The hast molded from ______________.  
Clay Sand Fire Air 


12. Coventry Patmore was died in ______________. 
1896 1899 1890 1880


QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q#1 How did the son of Coventry Patmore usually behave? 
Ans. The son of Coventry Patmore usually behaved in a route way. He acted and spoke  just like the mature people. 
Q#2 Why did poet visit his bedroom and how did he find there? (2012) Ans. The poet visited his bedroom only to inquire that the grief would hinder him from  sleeping but he found him slumbering deep. His eye lids wet dark and his eye  lashes wet still wet dues to late sobbing. 

Q#3 What toys did he decorate on the table and why? 
Ans. The poet’s son put within his reach a box of counters, a red veined stone a piece of  abraded glass, six and seven shells, a bottle of blue bells and two French copper  coins on the table. He put the toys only to satisfy/console his sad heart because of  the behaviour of his father. 

Q#4 Briefly explain what religious idea Coventry Patmore drew from the incident  described in The Toys. (2014/2015/2018) 
Ans: The poet concluded the poem with the idea of logical possibility of the  forgiveness of God. He drew this religious idea from the experience of his personal  domestic life, when his son not only disobeyed him but disrespectfully spoke to him.  He punished his child, and after some while forgave him. So he thinks that God might forgive our mistakes, because He loves us more than a father loves his children.  

Q#5 Why did the poet punish his little son? 
Ans: The poet punished his little child because his child misbehaved him and spoke to  him disrespectfully after having disobeyed his command seven times. The poet could  not control himself and not only scolded his child but also struck him and sent him away  from his room harshly.  

Q#6 How did the little child get himself consoled? 
Ans: The child after being punished by his father started crying and went to his room.  There he consoled his sad heart by playing his little toys. He had a box of counter, a  colored stone, a bottle with blue bell, an abraded piece glass and two French copper  coins. He placed them in an order, and got some consolation by arranging them. 

Q#7 What pray did the poet ask to God at night? 
Ans: When at night the poet prayed to God he asked Him in the prayer that we all  human being are fallible and always disobey the good and the beneficial  commands of God, and always busy in getting pleasure from our so called worldly toys. But still he is hopeful that may God will leave His anger, on the Day of Judgment, and  forgive our all mistakes, because He loves us more than a father loves his children. 

Q#8 What did the child do and what behaviour was received by him? 
Ans: The child of Coventry Patmore disobeyed his la seven time that’s he received the  punishment to his father. His father (the poet) struck him, scolded him and sent  him away unkissed.

Q#9 Why did the father (poet) visit the bedroom of his son? 
Ans: the father visited the bedroom of his son because he feared that the child’s grief  would hinder him from sleep. 

Q#10 What did the poet find in the room of his child? 
Ans: When the poet entered in the room of his child he found him fast asleep. He saw  that the lashes are wet yet and the eyelids are darkened due to the moaning. He  further saw that the table was lying beside the beside and the toys are decorated  on it skillfully. 


Q#11 What did the son of the poet do after his father punished him? 
Ans: The son of the poet felt much grief due to the attitude of his father towards him  while his mother was not the part of this world. He locked him in the room and  draw a table by his bed and put the toys within his reach to satisfy his heart,  the toys included the box of counter, red veined stone , a piece of rubbed glass,  Dly, or seven shells, a bottle with blue bills, & two copper coins.

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