This illustrates the boy's gradual relapse from a normal child of his age as he slowly recoils from the adult world and growing up, to his childhood. The number of lines in each verse also conveys the fact that instead of maturing as you do when you g... ... middle of paper ... ...ms leave you sad and accentuate the failure of the boy and the old man to manage in their new environment. In Williams' poem the last line, "I was miles away with my suitcase, leaving school." displays a boy who is only physically present but whose mind is where he really wants to be, not trapped in an unfriendly environment. The last line in Fanthorpe's poem gives a similar image.
The Heaney poems reflect his up bringing as a child growing up in the post-war years and height of the troubles. The R.S Thomas poem Children's Song is very different in style as he attempts to how adults try to understand how children live in a world of their own. Adults try to get into this world but having left the innocence of childhood behind, they never will be able to rediscover those perfect years of innocent fun. The different experiences the poet's own lives may affect the type of poems they have written e.g. some give us a happy view of childhood while others present a much grimmer look.
He believed them to be signs of innocence and was disgusted when they were exploited. “I have no name… Joy is my name… Sweet joy befall thee.” These are lines taken from Blake’s poem Infant Joy; they clearly display Blake’s love of children. The poem is showing a new born baby who is happy and full of life. The first sentence where the baby has no name could mean that the baby could not be placed into any category of visions. At present the baby is in two fold visions which is where it could move into three fold vision and live a good life with education and happiness.
When reading this poem, the reader has a more sad outlook on the thoughts of this author’s memories. Whitman uses ... ... middle of paper ... ...nal family. The second poem uses harsh details described in similes, metaphors, and personification. The message of a horribly bad childhood is clearly defined by the speaker in this poem. Finally, the recollection of events, as described by the two speakers, is distinguished by the psychological aspect of how these two children grew up.
Peter Pan never wanted to grow up, for he always wanted to be a boy and have fun. On the other hand, the general argument made by author, Anne Sexton, in her poem, “The Fury of Overshoes,” is that childhood is most appreciated when a person must be independent. A university student finds that he can relate to the speaker. The high school student, still a child himself, will feel the same as the speaker in her youth. A college student and a high school student reading this poem would conclude this poem with different feelings.
It is difficult to understand why such sorrowful characters would be ideal literary heroes. “Unlike orphan stories, most describe a childhood more sweet and innocent than most, if not all, children ever experience.” (Nodelman, 220) Do readers find ‘Orphan stories’ enticing simply because the... ... middle of paper ... ...e heartstrings of readers in dissimilar ways, together, they demonstrate that children, even without familial structure, can find a way of reaching self-understanding and happiness. For Montgomery and Burnett, the usage of orphaned characters may have been taken from a range of possibilities. Through their characters, they proved that self-reliance and independence are qualities that any child, despite their upbringing, is capable of demonstrating. Additionally, the authors had roles in evoking the sympathy that truly defines a tragic character, and the era during which the tragedies occurred.
Children to Blake are extremely important, especially in the context of poetry, indeed in '"The introduction to Songs of Innocence' he says that the poems are "for children to hear" and concentrates on a child's view of life. It is not possible to say that Blakes poetry excludes women and children as so many of his poems are based around these themes. Even the titles of the poems represent this, such as "The Little Girl Lost", "Infant sorrow", "Little Black Boy" and "Nurse's Song", compared to very few centred primarily around men. Blake uses his poems to express the view and plight of suppressed groups in society, such as children. Poems such as Holy Thursday are expressed through the eyes of a child.
For children’s literature the Golden Age was a time of reform and new beginnings. The Golden Age opened the doors for an interesting read where adults are not present. The literature that was intended for children during this period introduced a world of literature in which children were the protagonist. These stories not only take children on remarkable journeys though time but they also address many issues of social class in regards to children. The Golden Age reflects greatly the Victorian era where children were left to become orphans because their parents could not support them financially or because their parents just did not want them.
But this state of innocence becomes separated and exiled once experience has tainted the soul. William Blake conveys this theory in his work, Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. In Songs of Innocence, a childlike vision is conveyed through William Blake's clever use of speakers with their varying perspectives and questions. In this first set of poems, Blake often uses a child as the speaker, questioning the ways of the world. The atmosphere is bright and cheerful.
Good friendships were always important to a child from the 1860s, like in the book Little Women. All of the sisters were great friends with one and other and with the boy next door, Laurie Laurence. Despite all of Laurie‘s money he did not look down on the March’s, instead he was one of their closest friends. On the other hand, A Little Princess shows no true friendships among the girls at the boarding school. One of the girls, Sara, said that her only real and trustworthy friend was her doll “named Emily” (pg.