Throughout the text the children’s emotions in the poem called “What Story’s That, Then?” change drastically. The reader interprets this via the way the author changes the types of adjectives in the poem.
At the beginning of the poem the author illustrates the child to be extremely bored by her mother who is reading to the child on a bus. The author describes the moment the two are sharing as ‘ The Child a finger stuck for the last few minuted in one nostril is past boredom.” Usually a child sticks its finger up its nose as a way of entertainment, this was the case for the child on the bus. The author also describes the child ‘Detesting’ to what the mother is saying. “She detest the mice, the ridiculousness of teapots”. Detesting is a describing word which means to strongly dislike something. Which is another emotion the child is feeling at the beginning of the poem.
The Childs emotions soon change to deeply sad. The book which the mother must be narrating to the child takes a turn and the child beings to cry at what the author describes as “the insult of reality she is expected to attend. This is a sentence, which people can relate to. Many people dislike reality and would much rather live their life escaping reality as often its reality comes with negative emotions such as pain, sadness, hurt distress and anger. This sentence also signals the most drastic change in emotion the child has, her emotions previous to this have been negative but after this brief period of crying her emotions are quickly changed to joy, which continues for the rest of the poem.
As the poem starts to end the child becomes elated. This is how the author described the Childs emotions. “The dog looks as if he hates it. The child is elated”. The child has become this way because of a skinny greyhound which the author has described as being ‘As skinny as a one-line drawing of a dog’. the author used a synonym to help enhance this sentence. The child finds joy in this dog which has a collar ‘studded with fake gems’ and a lead which is ‘lolly pink’. Another way we realise the child’s fascination towards the dog is how the author describes the way she looks out the window at it with pure excitement, “Both hands make squishy stars pressed against the window”.
“She has seen the world and named it”. When children are young the smallest things often seem world-altering. Throughout the poem, the child’s emotions vary and we interpret this via the changes in adjectives in which the author uses to describe the change.