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Compare and contrast the presentation of childhood memories in half past two, piano and my parents kept me from children who were rough focusing on the poets use of language, form and structure.

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Compare and contrast the presentation of childhood memories in 'half past two', 'piano' and 'my parents kept me from children who were rough' focusing on the poet's use of language, form and structure.' The poems are different based on theme as piano has a theme of music taking on a memory. Half past two has a theme of life before not being able to tell time. Lastly my parents kept me from children who were rough have a theme of not being able to relive a bad memory. The three poems are contrasting on the meaning as 'My parents kept me from children who were rough' and 'piano' are about the poet's memories when they are older and 'Half past two' is an exploration of a child's imagination during his early years before he could tell the time. In Piano, Lawrence shows he is dealing with adult memories of childhood by in the first stanza, 'Taking me back down the vista of years.' The use of the word 'vista' shows that he is dealing with a long period of time. Similarly 'My parents kept me from children who were rough' Spender shows he is also dealing with adult memories of childhood as in the last stanza, 'I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled.' ...read more.


The poet uses personification 'He knew the clock face, the little eyes, and two long legs for walking, but he couldn't click its language.' He uses this as this makes it more vivid for the description. Fanthorpe also uses repeating words 'time, ever, knew, two.' This makes it seem like its rhyming when it isn't and makes the reader look into the poem more. Finally Fanthorpe uses emphasis when he describes the imagination 'Into the smell of old chrysanthemums on her desk, into the silent noise his hangnail made. Into the air outside the window, into ever.' The reader more interested in the description as the poem is focusing on the wonder of a childhood imagination so this is a good choice of words The poems are all similar in regards to language as they are all in the past tense. In 'piano' Lawrence talks about when he was younger 'Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see a child sitting under the piano.' This is a reminder of when he was younger that he used to help his mother while she was playing the piano and singing. The event he remembers is happy but the act of remembering makes him very sad. In 'My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were Rough.' ...read more.


In the poem the poet is remember the memories of the emotional, physical and also regret. In the first stanza the poet describes the emotional abuse of being bullied, 'and who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes.' In the second stanza Spender describes the physical bullying the group applied on the child. 'And their jerking hands and knees tight on my arms.' Spender is describing what it was like to be physically bullied by actually saying they were pinning him to the ground and sitting on him. Finally in the last stanza, Spender describes the regret of the group never saying sorry but him longing to forgive them. 'I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled.' Half past two is cheerful compared to the other poems. Fanthorpe describes what it was like in the imagination of a child by in stanza 6 he describes the clock from a child's point of view, 'he knew the clock face, the little eyes, and two long legs for walking, but couldn't click its language.' Fanthorpe describes the imagination of a young child's point of view of the clock when he hasn't been taught to tell time yet. In the poem Fanthorpe also describes a lot of different times a young child would know 'Gettinguptime, timeyouwereofftime, timetogohomenowtime, tvtime, timeformykisstime, Grantime, schooltime, teatime, nexttime, notimeforthatnowtime.' This makes it seem more interesting in terms of tone as he describes what a young child would know for time. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jessica Ireland 11T 1 ...read more.

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