Six and Out by G D Martineau | Poem Analysis

I just came across a poem Six and Out by G D Martineau. This is a wonderful poem and also described in some of the English books for middle school students. I thought it the best to share my views on this poem so that those want to know about the poem might benefit a little. I am a fan of cricket and the poet G D Martineau was a great cricket writer too.

The Poem: 

The poem Six and Out by Martineau tells about some children playing cricket in open because the field was scheduled to close at 6 PM in the evening. Outside, neither the pitch nor the field was regular. The creases were sunk on the both sides. The lamp post was working as the stump and also the crossing vehicles made it difficult for the kids. The ball hit by the batsman broke the glass of a vehicle and they ran away. The man came out of the car and shouted at them. However, they were gone before he could do anything to any of the kids.

The poem just reverberates the experiences of many of us. We must have played somewhere, sometimes, someday on the roads, on the streets and might well be on the roofs of our homes. Childhood is a great experience and the poet Martineau seems to be suggesting the same. As he was a great writer of cricket based works, he might find himself connecting with the cricketing sights very soon.


Something more…

This poem is related to cricket. There are many poems and prose works written about cricket. There are also the works written by cricketers themselves. The instructor can tell the students about some of those. For example – Playing it My Way by Sachin Tendulkar.

Enjoy the poem by this poet… happy reading!

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