Comparison of Three Poems

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Half-past Two – U. A. Fanthorpe Poem 1 Piano – D. H. Lawrence Poem 2 My Parents Kept Me from Children who were Rough – Stephen Spender Poem 3 A persons life is filled with many different stages and childhood is an important part, the memory of childhood is represented in all of these poems in different ways. In Half Past Two Fanthorpe realistically portrays the memories of a child in school. In The Piano, Lawrence writes as a fully grown man remembering his childhood; his nostalgic attitude causes him to feel guilty about it. In Poem Three Spender writes about a childhood that is full of bullies he describes how the bullies affected the child. In Poem One Fanthorpe is describing a younger child, a child who had done “Something Very Wrong” and who doesn’t understand time. We can tell that this is a younger child because he has his preset times which he can use at home, such as “teatime”, but can’t understand real-time like “Half Past Two” because he hasn’t learnt how to. Lawrence describes the clock face in a very childish way “the little eye and two long legs for walking” the clock is personified this creates a vivid image as we would see it through the eyes of a child. The child does not see the clock as a way of telling the time, just as an animated face. This poem is written in the perspective of three different people, a narrator, a teacher and the child. The poem starts with “once upon a school time” this language is normally uses at the beginning of a fairytale, this shows us even more that the poem is written about a younger child. The theme of childhood inoscence is introduced In Poem Three Spender is writing the poem as an adult writing about his childhood. I can tell that the time of his childhood that he is writing about is not a young child but not an adolescent. He is recalling his parents protecting him from “children who were rough” The
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