Today, I managed to work in front of the computer for 8 hours straight. Now, I feel my back is about to be broken. Anyway, this is going to be my last ramble for the next 3 days since I am going to do some homework and finish some essays. But anyway, read this piece I wrote for my class :
The Bully and the Wimp is one of short poems written by Kalli Dakos under the collection of bathroom stories called A Funeral in the Bathroom on June 1,2011. Kalli Dakos is a former teacher who has written many poems about school. She uses her former expertise to encourage children and teachers to write about school world. For instance, the setting in A funeral in the Bathroom is centered on the school bathroom. As mundane as it might seem, school bathroom is the most fascinating place at the school. One of the reasons is that, it is no longer only serving its main purpose as a place for disposal of human waste. Nowadays, the place has a reputation as being flyblown and associated with mischievous actions, including bullying. Therefore, through her bathroom collections of poems, she wants to convey the situations in the bathroom including in The Bully and the Wimp. Dakos uses The Bully and the Wimp as an apparatus for the teachers to ignite discussion with the students about bullying.
The poem narrates a story of a student who was bullied by his peers in the school’s bathroom. From the title, readers can imply that the narrator is the wimpy kid. Furthermore, according to Cambridge online dictionary, A wimp is a person who is not brave, strong or courageous. However, the readers will get contradictory traits of a wimpy kid from the two last lines of the poem “ I punched him back, /And that’s when he cried!”. It is a retaliation from the actions of the bully shown by the third line, “ He punched me,”. Moreover, Dakos uses commas in each line to cues the reader that it was a conversation from a student, possibly to his teacher about his experience with the bully. In addition to that, the exclamation mark at the end of the poem is a device to display the surprising situation which happened to the bully as Dakos writes in the last line, “and that’s when he cried!”. It is also expressing a powerful message that the student who is referred as the wimp is able to overpower the bully.
Furthermore, from the first line, “ We were in the bathroom,” illustrates the general notion that bullying happens in the school’s bathroom. Even without grandiose diction depicting the situation of the bathroom, the readers will instantly associate the place with eerie silence, filthy, unsupervised area, and mischievous behavior. An example of this is the survey conducted by United Kingdom Children’s parliament in 2008 which claimed that up to 40 per cent of students are afraid of their peers behavior in school toilets. Therefore, the setting sets the mood and atmosphere in regards to the topic. Not only that, this short poem by Dakos serves a good example for children on how to cope with their feelings and problem especially bullying. Substantially, The Bully and the Wimp aids teachers to start a conversation about bullying and for students to withstand against the bullies.
“How to Beat the Problem of Bullying in School Washrooms.” Academy Today, 6 Jan. 2017, https://academytoday.co.uk/Article/how-to-beat-the-problem-of-bullying-in-school-washroom.