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

Discuss the way that childhood is dealt with in the three different poems

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss the way that childhood is dealt with in the three different poems The three poems, Half-past Two, Piano and My Parents kept Me from Children who were Rough, all deal with the simplicity of childhood. The three poems all portray slightly diverse views on youth as one show it as being a joyful memory and the other saying that it is a throbbing reminiscence, which you would want to put behind yourself. The different structures of the three poems are relatively easy to pick out. Half Past Two consists of eleven stanzas with three lines in each of them. The poem is in an organized manner as it goes through a chronological order over a period of time. Each stanza takes the reader through time as the situation is seen through a child's point of view and it is later referred back to from an adult's point of view. The poem Piano has three stanzas each with four lines. An adult who is reminded of his past by a woman singing narrates this poem. D.H.Laurence takes us back through time to a place where he was a little child and brings these memories back to reality where he doesn't find the singing all that great anymore. ...read more.

Middle

And we can tell that he was still too young to tell the time, as it 'hides tick-less waiting to be born'. In the poem Piano there is lots of onomatopoeia used, as it is very descriptive. It describes the scene under the piano where the child listens to the 'boom of the tingling strings'. It is very effective as it gives a clear image of the scene of the past and this helps the audience to think up the present and therefore makes the poem more realistic. As I mentioned before, there are rhyming couplets in the poem. This is powerful; it gives the poem a general flow to it, as it will emphasize certain words or phrases. This poem is unique as it doesn't look at the memories from a child's point of view in the first place. It is a poem where the narrator is recalling certain memories which are relevant to the subject of his childhood. Unlike the other two poems this poem has a more negative viewpoint. Unlike the joyful and exciting memories of childhood mentioned in the other two poems, the poem Piano remembers childhood memories haunting. Lastly, the poem, My Parents kept Me from Children who were Rough, the poet tries to portray the rough kids to the audience. ...read more.

Conclusion

In other words, the language and the structure is much complex when compared to the other two poems. Piano is a bittersweet poem about thinking back to his past times. The poem itself is evocative as he remembers the past as a painful memory. He initially finds the singing of the women very comforting, but his view on these changes after he thinks back to the time where he was sitting under the piano. Somehow when he came back to his adult self, he doesn't find it comforting anymore, he finds it very haunting. On the other hand, in the poem, My Parents kept me from Children who were Rough use specific examples for each of the emotions the poet feels. Words such as 'tiger' and 'dogs' shows that the rough kids are dangerous as well as being wild but at the same time they are free from the society and are packed in a community. In conclusion, the three poems deal with the simplicity of childhood but all in different ways. The poems are different in the means of the emotions that the poem gives in sequence to the story. All the poems have different structures and imagery used to suggest the viewpoints of a child. One point to note is that the poems do not give character to the narrator as they suggest that they can be anyone. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE U A Fanthorpe 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 GCSE U A Fanthorpe essays

  1. Comparing and contrasting of poems 'Woman Work' and Overheard in County Sligo'

    So this stanza seems to be appealing to cool her down, similar to the dewdrops in stanza two. I know that she is appealing to nature to cool her down because it says, "Fall gently, snowflakes Cover me with white" This shows that she wants to be cooled down by the snow.

  2. Nothings changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika and I am not that woman by Kishwar Naheed ...

    In contrast, the metaphor "Amiable weeds" could suggest the masses (blacks) who were treated with neglect. It reinforces the idea of not being taken care of, friendly, treated with neglect, a person showing pleasant good natured qualities or an intruder.

  1. Compare how "Strange fruit" and "Not my business" portray violent acts

    to say that Akanni was beaten to that extent shows the seriousness and harshness in what has happened to the victim but also when someone uses clay they use it to mould it into shape this could be portrayed that as Akanni is beaten so badly that he is now

  2. Compare the ways in which the poet describes things in Vultures and Night Of ...

    In the mud hut, the help offered by the neighbours is unwanted and the poet feels it is pointless and annoying. The atmosphere is busy and irritating. In the charnel house description, there is an atmosphere of calm and that there is nothing unusual.

  1. Comparison between the poems 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802' and 'London'.

    The presence of such things would obviously take the peace and tranquillity away from such a beautiful and calm moment. Blake, however, carries on his negativity of London by saying, "And mark in every face I meet, Marks of weakness, marks of woe" We can see from this quote that

  2. Alice Walker (Poem at Thirty-Nine), U. A. Fanthorpe (Half past Two) and D. H. ...

    remember.? The poet chose a particular phrase because he wanted to communicate exact images and not leave a lot of room for assumption since just using ?I remember? or ?going back? could be a range of memories. He also used phrases such as ?A child? to refer to himself and

  1. Cheng and Atwood show how The Planners of suburbia and The City Planners form ...

    The negative diction ?bleed?, ?single drop? and ?stain? give a very forbidding, dark mood to the end of the poem, showing how the actions of ?The Planners? can only lead to a bad ending. The final stanza gives the idea that the reality lapses behind the dreams of the planners,

  2. How does Wilfred Owen in Disabled treat the subject of exclusion? Including comparisons with ...

    It is also ironic in the sense that women always used to look at him in admiration, but now they overlook him because of his physical appearance, contrary to his appeal before he went to war.

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