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Half Past 2 Analysis
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How does U.A.Fanthorpe use language to convey
his experience in 'Half-past Two'?
Fanthorpe's 'Half-past Two' is spoken from the perspective of an older man reflecting back on the moment in his childhood when he had a naïve, subjective concept of time. The writer uses compound words to convey his concept of time before his teacher told him to stay 'till half-past two', and this gives the impression that the boy cannot 'click' the 'language' of time.
Compound words are used to illustrate how much different times mean to the boy and the meaninglessness of numbers. When Fanthorpe says 'He knew a lot of time' she is showing how he knows different times: like 'Tvtime' and 'Timetogohomenowtime' but not, the time, and this leads to him escaping 'into the clockless land forever'. The boy has divided the day up into reasonable sections to try to understand time.
Throughout the poem, Fanthorpe uses capital letters to indicate the importance of the teacher and the effect that has on him. When the boy does 'Something Very Wrong' the writer uses capitals to emphasize the importance of the event and the impact this has on
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