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Childhood and adulthood: a real opposition.

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Childhood and adulthood: a real opposition. Within all of the three poems we have studied (U.A.Fanthorpe's Half past Two, D.H.Lawrence's Piano and Stephen Spender's My Parents kept Me from Children who were Rough), there is an opposition created between childhood and adult perspectives. Even though the three poems present different views of childhood, the idea that creates this opposition remains the same: the childhood perspective, which is innocent and na�ve, is somehow broken by the more realistic and experienced adult perspective. Through analysis we can see that in these poems childhood perspective seems more innocent, na�ve and full of reverie whereas adult perspective is more rational and less emotional. For instance in Half-past Two: - The author uses many nonce words such as 'Gettinguptime', 'Timetogohomenowtime', 'Timeformykisstime' to give a more childish aspect to the poem and make the child's voice seem more present. These words also show that the child has no concrete notion of time, which shows his innocence and his view towards life: he lives the present moment without worrying about what is next. ...read more.

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Likewise, we can also observe that the children (or the child's voice) in these poems seem to see the world differently, in a more na�ve and less complicated way, but that the adults bring them back to reality at one point. For example, in Half-past Two: - The child falls into a deep reverie where he completely loses the notion of time and location: 'Out of reach of all timefors'; 'Into the air outside, into ever'. The anaphora and sensory details in stanza n�8 make the daydream seem very real and intense, but it is suddenly interrupted by the voice of the teacher who brings back the child to reality: 'And then, My goodness, she said, (...) Run along or you'll be late'. + In Piano: - The 'child' part of the author nostalgically remembers his childhood with the soft melody of the piano (which is conveyed by the sibilance in the sentences ' Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me' and 'In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song') ...read more.

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He cannot accept his mood, because in this mind, an 'adult' should not feel emotions such as the ones he is feeling during the poem: 'In spite of myself'. But at the end of the poem the author finally gives up and nostalgically remembers his childhood: 'My manhood is cast, Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.' + In My Parents kept Me from Children who were Rough: - Here the rejection is subtler, but the protectiveness that the parents of the author show at first sight can be seen as over protectiveness at second sigh: the parents take control of their child's youth. 'My parents kept me from children who were rough'; in this sentence we can see that the child has no control whatsoever. By showing us how innocent children and more experienced adults have different ways of seeing the world that surrounds them, the poems Half-past Two; Piano and My Parents kept Me from Children who were Rough, all show an opposition between childhood and adult perspectives. However, they present slightly different visions of childhood, which shows us that everybody doesn't live his childhood in the same way. ...read more.

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