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Essay on Poetry Childhood. It is the most bewildering point in life. There are limited means of communication with a child as they don't get understand fully the language of adults. However, the first few years of out lives are by far the most important! They can determine what kind of life we will lead in the future and our attitude towards the world can even be determined by the way we were born! Childhood is a rich source of information for poets: there is so much to write about, and the reader will be able to relate to it as they have all experienced childhood. My childhood was fantastic, full of adventure and excitement, a time to experience new things. As I was brought up in the countryside, I lived in harmony with nature and I did the usual things that any other child would have done. I picked blackberries, ran carelessly through the fields and spent my time discovering new, exhilarating things. The poets and poems I will be looking at in this essay will be 'Clearances 3' by Seamus Heaney, 'My Papa's Waltz' by Theodore Roethke and 'Our Father' by Ray Mathew. ...read more.


The opening paragraph you get a lot of information quite literally thrown at you, this would suggest that the person telling the story was very angry with his father and just wanted everyone to know what he was like before anyone said different. In the first stanza the poet is telling the story and remembering what a woman told him about his father, 'she said he has whiskers and looked like god' the woman might have been the mother, and she was telling the child what attracted her to him when they first were together. 'He swore like a fettler, drank like a bottle' would suggest that he had little or n respect for those around him as he swore a lot, also he must have been an alcoholic or a very heavy drinker making life in that house awful. He used to 'run away from mother, left money for food' The father might have had to work away from home and not able to return every night, the child, being very young wouldn't have understood that. The father would leave money for food maybe because he felt it was his responsibility to keep his family right financially. ...read more.


Then in the last stanza the poet recalls the parish priest being at her bedside going the 'hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying' The mother is obviously on her death bed and her family were around her praying. 'Some were responding and some crying' This was clearly a very emotional, heartbreaking time for the family. 'I remembered her head bent towards my head Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives- Never closer the whole rest of our lives.' He recalls how, as a child, his head was bent towards his mothers. They were extremely close at that moment, he will never forget it. Now he realised how strong their love was for one another at that time and he recalls those special moments with great affection and gratitude. 'Our Father' by Ray Mathew is my favourite poem, as it shows no matter how perfect a family may appear to be, there is always going to be some kind of flaw being closed doors. The children are very much aware of their father's behaviour towards their mother; it shows that children aren't as stupid as adults might think. They know what goes on and they can hear their parents arguing. The children like the peace and tranquillity of the church. Not all the children like excitement and noise all the time! By Laura Clinton 11a1. ...read more.

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