Contrasting Images of Childhood in “Half-Past Two” and “Hide and Seek”

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Contrasting images of childhood in “Half-past Two” and “Hide and Seek”

These poems are about two different children, each having their own experience of something new that is not always welcome. These Two poems are both looking back on a childhood experience that the poets have experience, and been marked after their discovery of this experience, thinking they understood the world but finding out they didn’t. However there is a major difference in this poem as “Half-past Two” is a strange and surreal poem while “Hide and Seek” sounds like a painful experience to the poet. “Hide and Seek” and “Half past Two” show contrasting emotions. Hide and Seek

This poem’s contrasting emotions are happiness and shock and disappointment, splitting the poem in two. It is a monologue to the poet’s younger self. In the beginning the boy shows his happiness; for example, in line one, “I’m ready! Come and find me!” This shows the enthusiasm in which he carries out the game with. At this point he is only thinking about the game and shows a sense of competition and excitement while hiding “don’t breathe. Don’t move. Stay dumb.” After his peers have left he is thinking about how puzzled they are and is gleefully thinking how they would think he is “very clever.” However when he is not found for a while the thrill wears off, creating a dividing point in the poem, where it undertakes a change of mood and shows the boys doubts. This is at line 18 “It seems a long time since they went away.” He now feels lonely and notices painful or annoying thinks around him like the damp sand and the cold. He decides to come out as he is now feeling lonely. He gets out and calls for them but nobody comes and he is met with silence. He is feeling abandoned and slightly scared “the darkening garden watches.” The personification in that line shows he is feeling slightly embarrassed as he is calling out to no-one. Tension is built up in the poem by the sentences getting shorter. When it says “the sun...
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