Write the character sketch of the boy who lost ball in the poem the Ball poem

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John Berryman's poem " The Ball" etches the story of a young boy growing up. The loss of the ball represents, actual losses of a much graver kind that he will have to face as he grows up. The ball was his responsibility, but he was unable to take care of it. This is a lesson that the incident teaches him. According to the poem the ball can be easily replaced. Nevertheless, the loss of the ball is representative of the tragedies that one faces as he/she grows up.  The loss of the ball and the boy's ability to overcome the loss represents human desire to rise above everything. Through the story of the boy, the poet is explaining his coming of age story. The boy is the poet himself. He has matured and learned to deal with the realities of life.


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