• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the memories of childhood presented in "In Mrs Tilscher's class" by Carol Ann Duffy and "Childhood" by John Clare

Extracts from this document...


Explore the memories of childhood presented in "In Mrs Tilscher's class" by Carol Ann Duffy and "Childhood" by John Clare The memories of childhood presented in the two poems "In Mrs Tilscher's class" by Carol Ann Duffy and "Childhood" by John Clare are explored in many different ways. One of the ways Duffy explores the memories of childhood is by remembering the happiness of being a child and creating a happy tone. "Sugar paper. Coloured shapes. Brady and Hindley faded, like the faint, uneasy smudge of a mistake." This quotation shows that Duffy explores her memories of childhood to be happy by describing a horrendous crime to have disappeared in Mrs Tilscher's classroom. "Uneasy smudge of a mistake" suggests the horrific incidents to have been rubbed away because it is so happy and peaceful when you are in Mrs Tilscher's class room. Brady and Hindley's horrifying antics also suggest the dangers of the adult world. It also gives the impression that the classroom is like a different world, a fantasy world where only happiness exists. ...read more.


Duffy also creates a feeling that the children look towards Mrs Tilscher for comfort but they both feel that it is time to move on in the direction of growing up. Duffy does this by making the child try on last attempt to stay in the safeness and secure, safe womb of the primary school. As Mrs Tilscher turns away is signifies the fact that her time is over teaching this particular class. This conveys a sense that joyfulness is slipping away. "A rough boy told you how you were born." This quotation shows the "rough boy" who reveals how you were conceived is another sign of maturity. For children it is like finding out there is no Father Christmas. It gives the impression that life won't be the same again. The structure of the two poems, is different. In "Childhood," Clare has created a regular rhyme scheme to the poem. "O dear to us ever the scenes of our childhood The green spots we played in the school where we met The heavy old desk where we thought of the wild-wood Where we poured o'er the sums which the master had set." ...read more.


"There's nought to compare to the days of our childhood." This quotation suggests that nothing is as good as childhood and it was obviously an exciting part of life for Clare. It also makes the reader feel as if that is the end, there was no moving on to a different stage of life or growing older into a teenager. Clare creates this feeling by saying nothing compares to his childhood giving the impression that his teenage and younger life was not as exciting and stimulating as his childhood days. It is as if Clare wanted childhood to be everlasting. Likewise in "In Mrs Tilscher's class," there is also a sense of closure. "Reports were handed out. You ran through the gates, impatient to be grown," This quotation also gives the impression of the ending of being in Mrs Tilscher's class, as Duffy mentions reports were handed out, this usually happens at the end of an academic year, which makes the reader think of a new teacher and a new class. It also creates a sense of moving on to another year of school. It suggests that there is more to come of life but not as in childhood, in more of an adult nature. A feeling of finishing is also created. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Carol Ann Duffy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Carol Ann Duffy essays

  1. Carol Ann Duffy - In Mrs Tilscher’s Class.

    This portrays a happy, cosy atmosphere. It is warm and inviting and makes you want to be there. "Sugar paper" and "Coloured shapes" are mentioned which are things linked with primary school and suggest easy and pleasurable work unlike the more difficult work which usually has negative connotations with older pupils.

  2. Free essay

    Carol Ann Duffy explores the theme of childhood. Discuss in reference to at least ...

    of childhood is not explored through memories but through the characters within the poem. 'Lizzie, six' is about a young child experiencing sexual abuse. The poem is in the perspective of two people, Lizzie, the young child and the abuser.

  1. Carol Ann Duffy conveys the ideas of time passing, growing up and maturing in ...

    The depiction of maturing is emphasized very effectively through the uses of metaphors and similes in the two poems. Duffy used a metaphor of the persona's image vanishing and reappearing in the reflection of water in 'Hometown' to symbolize the process of maturing because although the persona's image "reappeared", it was no longer the original image.

  2. A Comparison between 'Originally' and 'In Mrs Tilscher's Class'

    Duffy manages to create a sense of noise and chaos in this verse. They do not want to leave their home in the city. The last line of the first verse leads you to believe that the narrator of the story is really young as it says...

  1. "In Mrs. Tilscher's Class" by Carol Ann Duffy deals with one central theme. ...

    The primary school classroom may have been a place memorable to the poet through various images, but the definitive piece of the poet's 1960's school life was Mrs. Tilscher. Mrs. Tilscher's voice is not even forgotten, as the poet reminisces her voice as she "chanted the scenery."

  2. A Critical Analysis of Carol Ann Duffy's 'In Mrs Tilscher's Class'

    but the atmosphere in the class is constantly changing from one that is idyllic and seemingly unchangeable to one with an uncertain future and nervous inhabitants.

  1. Childhood and Memories poetry.

    The use of senses gives the reader the chance to really imagine themselves in the poet's shoes and gives the poem a more realistic picture.

  2. For my coursework I am going to compare the following poems, "In Mrs Tilscher's ...

    Seamus Heaney also appears to have been connecting with his inner child when he was writing this poem. He tells us of "mammy" and "daddy" frogs which are also childish language or phrases. Duffy's poem states; "The classroom glowed like a sweetshop" This would seem attractive to a child, and

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work