Roald Dahl was aBritishnovelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, andfighter pilot.
Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in theRoyal Air Forceduring World War II, in which he became aflying aceand intelligence officer, rising to the rank of actingwing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world’s best-selling authors.He has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”.Among his awards for contribution to literature, he received theWorld Fantasy Award for Life Achievementin 1983, and Children’s Author of the Year from theBritish Book Awardsin 1990. In 2008The Timesplaced Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.
Dahl’s first published work, inspired by a meeting withC. S. Forester, was “A Piece of Cake” on 1 August 1942. His first children’s book wasThe Gremlins, published in 1943, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore.All the RAF pilots blamed thegremlinsfor all the problems with the aircraft. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children’s stories of the 20th century, such asCharlie and the Chocolate Factory,Matilda,James and the Giant Peach,The Witches,Fantastic Mr Fox,The BFG,The TwitsandGeorge’s Marvellous Medicine. Dahl also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending.TheMystery Writers of Americapresented Dahl with threeEdgar Awardsfor his work. He died on 23 November 1990, at the age of 74 of a blood disease inOxford,and was buried in the cemetery at St Peter and St Paul’s Church inGreat Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England.
About the Poem Television
‘Television’ is one of Roald Dahl’s best-known poems. It is about the negative effects that television can have on young minds. It also offers the advice that children should read books instead of watching television. This poem appeals to young readers and older ones alike, for the amusing tone that it takes in approaching its subject.
Setting of the Poem
Roald Dahl seems to have entered into every contemporary British household as he’s writing this poem. Living as he did in the twentieth century, he saw the introduction of many, many new and innovative electronic products. The television was one of those products, and perhaps the most controversial one among them. Even now, the effects of watching television for long hours are discussed in certain circles with some amount of disapproval. Dahl is quite vocally one of that company. He also takes the opportunity to create a parallel landscape in which books abound, and are found everywhere within the house. Such a landscape, he is sure, will encourage children to read.