key point

 The poet has described the grief of a boy who lost his ball and sensed that worldly possessions can’t be there forever.
 You need to learn the epistemology of loss. 

Even after losing your most priced possessions you have to learn to stand up, to be strong and get on with life to survive.
 In the poem the boy lost his ball in the harbour and wept as he had sweet memories clinging to it.

 He could buy a new ball but it was not worth anything as he couldn’t buy the memories associated with his old ball.
 He realised his responsibility and understood that in the world you will lose your loved ones and possessions but no one will buy them back for you.
 The boy then learnt the epistemology of loss and to strongly stand up and survive in life bearing the pain of
the loss.

Style : blank verse

Symbolism : ball symbolises the priced possessions, things and people

Repetition : balls balls

Alliteration : use of sound ‘b’

Personification : ball is merrily bouncing

Anaphora : use of repeated words in two or more lines what is the boy… what… what, merrily bouncing, merrily over


1.Why does the boy cry over the loss of his ball?

2. What lesson of life does the boy learn through the act of losing his ball?