The poem begins like a fairy tale. It contains the familiar opening “Once upon a time...”. Given
the hypothesis of ancient times when birds could talk like human beings, we suspend our disbelief
and accept the fable as a likely or real story. Thus the opening at once sets the tone and tempo
of the poem. Since ‘the Frog’ is the first component of the title, the poet introduces it in the very
first line and thus imparts it prominence. The poet uses rhyme to create a musical effect. He even
distorts words to make them rhyme. For example, ‘on’ has been misspelt and mispronounced so
that it rhymes with dawn. In the text we find it as ‘awn’ and it has been repeated three times
in one line to create the effect of monotony.
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