"Bird Radio" by Julian Tuwim - analysis and interpretation

"Bird Radio" is a poem by Julian Tuwim. The piece is well known among the youngest readers. It was published for the first time just before the outbreak of World War II, in 1938, in the collection "Locomotive and other cheerful poems for children".

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1. "Bird Radio" - a fairy tale for children or a story for adults?

The poem is about a rather unusual radio broadcast. Birds are responsible for sending it from a birch grove. In the air, they search for answers to the questions bothering them: what squeaks in the grass at dawn, where the echo is hidden in the forest, who should bathe in dew first, how to recognize who is a bird and who is not. The program also includes time for bird tricks and discussions. Such a list of topics to be addressed resembles parliamentary deliberations.

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The lyrical entity further lists the participants of the broadcast. There are names of birds commonly found in Poland: nightingale, sparrow, blackbird, swallow, rooster, woodpecker, bullfinch, cuckoo, goldfinch, owl, raven, crested crested, thrush, tit and georgette, duck, goose, waxwing, hoopoe, bunting, garbage , oriole, finch, stork, starling.

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To reflect the atmosphere of the broadcast, the author uses onomatopoeia. He tries to translate the language of birds so that it can be understood by people. The nightingale, known for its beautiful voice, takes the first voice. But no one understands him. "What is this music again? I have to look at the dictionary to understand the song of the nightingale" - says the sparrow and himself speaks in the broadcast. However, the rooster opposes this, because the voice of the sparrow is too noisy. The cuckoo, which its predecessor calls the highwayman, and the woodpecker also take part in the program. Lapwing and quail interfere.

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Eventually, instead of broadcasting, a loud noise breaks out on the bird radio. Each bird would like to say something, and eventually the meeting ends in a fight. The intervention of the bird militia, which ends the broadcast. None of the questions asked at the beginning are answered.

Julian Tuwim describes the animal world with his characteristic acuteness, which can be interpreted in relation to human behavior. Birds do not have the patience to listen to each other. They fight for priority and want their opinion to be considered correct.

Misunderstandings and a lack of willingness to talk calmly led to the outbreak of the conflict. Nobody even tried to compromise.

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2. Analysis of the poem "Ptasie radio"

The lyrical subject is a reporter whose task is to cover the bird broadcast. Organizes the meeting: presents the participants and the conversation plan.

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The poem consists of nine stanzas. They have an irregular structure (the number of lines varies, as does the number of syllables). The piece is very dynamic, the action is fast.

The stylistic means used by the author in the poem "Ptasie radio" include:

  • onomatopoeias ("maize", "kuku! kuku!", "knock! knock!")
  • personifications (the author gave the birds human characteristics)
  • rhetorical questions
  • exclamations ("Shame on you, be ashamed!")
  • comparisons ("And it tears like a cock!")

Julian Tuwim's piece is a fairy tale not only for children. The poet's poetic artistry is delightful, as well as the humorous and light style of the poem.

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