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Childhood in poetry

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  • Submitted: 24/07/2009
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Poetry Essay

Childhood is a formative period in life, and memories from that time often affect adults in later years. Childhood memories leave a permanent mark upon one's heart. This is the case in U.A. Fanthorpe's "Half-Past Two", D.H. Lawrence's "Piano" and "My Parents kept me from Children who were rough" by Stephen Spender. All of these three poems are reminiscences of each poet's childhood.

All poems follow a central theme of childhood and relations with adults. However, each poet tackles a more personal matter. There are variations in the themes and conflict that arouse in each poet's life. D.H. Lawrence's "Piano", deals with a theme of manhood and identity, and the insecurity his memories bring about. This is evident when he says,

"Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast"

This tells the reader how Lawrence is unable to reconcile the man and the child in him as he feels each one contradicts the other. He faces waves of emotions and tries to close the doors to his past in order to try and be a grown up man. In addition, a theme of security and blissful love flows

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