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"The Frog Prince" - Stevie Smith

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FC: Stevie Smith | "The Frog Prince" | By: Evan Miller

1: BIRTH | Born in Hull, England | Birthdate: September 20, 1920

2: Called Peggy by her family | Legal name: Florence Margaret Smith | Nicknamed Stevie because a friend thought she looked like Steve Donaghue | Her Many Names

3: Her father left when she was 3 | Moved in with Aunt Madge Developed tuberculosis peritonitis at age 5 | Childhood experiences

4: Education | Attended North London Collegiate School for Girls

6: She was primarily inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tales and her theology. | Brothers Grimm | Church of England

7: Religious Beliefs | She was reared as an Anglican but her ties to the Church of England weakened in her adulthood

8: Smith's first novel was Novel on Yellow Paper. It was published in 1936.

9: O T H E R W O R K S | Smith's first poetry collection was A Good Time Was Had by All. It was published in 1937 and also contained several of her doodles.

10: Robert Browning | Alfred Tennyson

11: Influences

12: Awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1969 | She won the Cholmondeley Award for Poetry in 1966

13: Late Career and Death | Stevie Smith died of a brain tumor in 1971

14: By: Stevie Smith

15: "The Frog Prince"

16: I am a frog I live under a spell I live at the bottom Of a green well

17: And here I must wait Until a maiden places me On her royal pillow And kisses me In her father's palace

18: The story is familiar Everybody knows it But do other enchanted As I do? The stories do

19: well people feel as nervous not tell,

20: Ask if they will be When the changes As already they In a frog's doom?

21: happier come are fairly happy

22: I have been a frog now For a hundred years And in all this time I have not shed many tears, | I am happy, I like the life, Can swim for many a mile (When I have hopped to the And am for ever agile.

23: river)

24: And the quietness, Yes, I like to be quiet I am habituated To a quiet life, | But always when I think As I sit in my well Another thought comes It is part of the spell

25: these thoughts to me and says:

26: To be happy To work up contentment To make much of being a To fear disenchantment

27: frog

28: Says, It will be heavenly To be set free, Cries Heavenly the girl And the royal times, heav And I think it will be. | Come then, royal girl and Come quickly, I can be happy until you But I cannot be heavenly, Only disenchanted people Can be heavenly.

29: who disenchants enly | royal times, come

30: Paraphrase: 1. There is an enchanted frog. 2. He must wait to be kissed by a princess. 3. Though this is a common story, the frog feels nervous. 4. He wonders if disenchantment is better than being a frog. 5. He has lived a long, happy life. 6. He enjoys his life and still has his strength.

31: 7. The frog appreciates being alone. 8. During his alone time, he has thought his actions are typical of the spell. 9. Specifically his happiness and fear of disenchantment are normal. 10. He realizes disenchantment will be heavenly. 11. He pleads for the maiden to hurry to him.

32: THEME | Though one can be satisfied in life, one should not fear death because there is a greater life after this one.

33: Smith conveys this theme that there is a greater life to come by making the frog worrisome about the end of his life even though there will be a better life to follow it.

34: SPEAKER | The speaker of this poem is the enchanted frog who awaits to be kissed by a maiden.

35: TONE | The tone of the poem is anxious and hopeful because the speaker is nervous about disenchantment until he realizes that it could be heavenly.

36: FORM | "The Frog Prince" is a narrative poem written in free verse. It has an irregular meter and a rhyme scheme that is inconsistent.

37: DEVICE 1: point of view | The poem uses a first person narrator, the frog. By writing it this way, Smith allows the reader to understand the thought processes of the frog so that the theme can be established.

38: DEVICE 2: diction | The poem uses simple diction in order to emphasize Smith's prediction that this world is more simple than others.

39: DEVICE 3: allegory | The conflict of the poem represents the conflict of man deciding if there is an afterlife. The frog's decision that there is a better life conveys that Smith thinks there is an afterlife.

40: DEVICE 4: repetition | In the final two stanzas, Smith repeatedly uses the word "heavenly." This word has a religious connotation, and when used frequently over other positive adjectives, it conveys a religious message.

41: DEVICE 5: personification | The basis of the plot rests upon the personification of the frog. The whole poem focuses on him questioning his desire to become human-like again. Therefore, this device has the most influence in the poem.

42: BRAVE NEW WORLD CONNECTION | These two stories are similar in that characters in the stories do not fear the end of their life. In Brave New World the peace comes from death-conditioning.

43: In "The Frog Prince" peace comes from recognition that a higher power will provide a better life. This reasoning is completely opposite of that in Brave new World because civilized people do not have God in that story; they only have Ford.

44: Bibliography | "A Good Time Was Had by All." JPEG. Jeff Hirsh Books. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. "Biography of Stevie Smith." PoemHunter.com. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. "Church of England Logo." JPEG. Wordpress. 20 July 2010. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. "Gold Medal for Poetry 2000." Photograph. The Arcadian Bookroom. Yuki, 24 Dec. 2011. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. "Hull-England-Map." JPEG. Wordpress. 25 July 2010. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. mando maniac. "Steve Donoghue." Photograph. FLickr. Yahoo, 10 Nov. 2008. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. "Novel on yellow paper, or, Work it out for yourself." JPEG. Open Library. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. "Robert Browning." Photograph. Poetry Foundation. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. Smith, Stevie. “"The Frog Prince."” The Frog Prince. London: Longmans, 1966. Print. "stevie-smith." Photgraph. Poetry Foundation. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. Tagishsimon. "Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson - Project Gutenberg eText 17768." Photograph. Wikipedia. 31 May 2006. Web. 21 Mar. 2012.

45: "The North London Collegiate School." JPEG. Independent Schools. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. "Uschi Hassenpflug mit dem Buch ihres Mannes." JPEG. Korall, Von Peter. Newsline. Web. 21 Mar. 2012.

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