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Analysis of the Poem 'Half Past Two'

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Analysis of the Poem 'Half Past Two'

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Time is a concept for some. For others it is a source of measurement. For those who detest it, it is the Eternal vanquisher and the Universal enemy of beauty. Here the poet puts forward the notion of Time as viewed by a child, immediately, through the childs’ actions and thoughts we are brought toward the main theme in the poem. Being, “innocence’ the poem is based on the basic thoughts of a child and how The child's life is simplified into very organized and recognized actions, but actual time has no meaning. Children are not rushed and ruled by the clock like adults are. It also reminds us of how nice it was to be a child and not have to worry about those things, This should possibly be the writers main idea of writing in persona of a child. The theme of innocence is cleverly brought out through the unique use of poetic devices, Structure and placement of words. The first most visible aspect which proves innocence is the structure. The poem is set out in 11 stanzas of three lines each, each to slowly moving to define how time was moving in the boy’s situation. Due to the slow pace, the boy’s imagination is widely stretched and has drifted off into his own world where he interprets basic ideas that he encounters such as looking at a simple clock and expressing it as ‘Clock face, little eyes and two long legs for walking’ He describes the clock as an animated object which proves of his naïve thinking. He also starts the poem with ‘Once upon a time’ Which is a typical starting point of a child’s fairy tale, and most importantly there is the inclusion of compound words ‘Timetogohomenow’ by the way the writer presents this it sounds quite resentful because it shows how impatient the boy was to go home and didn’t enjoy being at detention one bit. He wanted to continue with his regular schedule and was extremely bored in the classroom. To add flavor to the poem, the poet has used a creative use of poetic devices. The child is not scared of his own actions, or of the...