Piano and Half Past Two

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Half Past Two, Piano and Refugee Mother and Child share a common theme of childhood. In Half Past Two, the author talks about remembers about the feeling of simplicity and timelessness during his childhood. In Piano, the poet expresses his feelings towards the loss of childhood in comparison to his present. In Refugee Mother and Child talks about the loss of a child and the misery they all have to go through. In Half Past Two, by U.A. Fanthorpe, we are taken into the past from the very start with the use of “Once upon a time”. The first line of the opening stanza displays the poem as if the author is looking down upon it like a memory. Her use of “Once upon a time” shows a distinct relationship to childhood and a child’s fascination for fairy tale stories. This illustrates how much of a fantasy a child’s life is and how simplistic it is. It also shows that their life is perfect like a fairy tale. Fanthorpe uses a child’s relationship to fairy tale well because fairy tales are very unrealistic. This relates to children well because they are unaware of the outside world, like a fairy tale. Fanthorpe uses very simplistic language in her poem which relates to the simplicity of childhood for a young child. Another thing Fanthorpe utilizes to show how this story relates to childhood is rhyme. This is because rhymes are more likely to be written by a child. Since there is no rhyme scheme to the poem it creates a sense of disorganization which relates well to the life of a young child. Fanthorpe uses run on words, such as “Gettinguptime”, to show that children take everything at face value rather than understanding/comprehending it. Fanthorpe also shows that simplicity doesnt just reside in childhood but in the mind of the child as well, through the use of run on words. However, Fanthorpe doesn’t incorporate any other important literary devices such as alliteration, similes or metaphors in her text which help make the poem easier to imagine. On the other hand, the repetitive use of “time” creates a sense of assonance. A sense of timelessness is created in the mind of the reader as the boy drifts from his ‘timeless’ world into the present. Fanthorpe’s overall message in ‘Half Past Two’ is that even though there are a few minor issues in childhood, it is still the least complicated part of life and therefore the most fun and enjoyable. She shows this by indicating an example of the minor problems at the beginning but slowly progresses onto the good part of life with the use of imaginative/descriptive language such as the “smell of old chrysanthemums”. This illustrates the freedom you enjoy as a young child, and the protection from trouble that you have from trouble due to immaturity. In Piano by D.H. Lawrence, we are originally seeing from the first person view of the poet describing how he misses the love of childhood due to the sound of a piano, but it changes to third person further into the text. He does this to show his progression from the present tense, in his adulthood, to his memories of childhood. Piano creates tension between childhood and his adulthood as he tries to hold back the tears but eventually weeps “like a child”. He gets overwhelmed with sadness because he understands that his childhood was much better than his adulthood, which he shows through juxtaposition. He writes about his mother as an important part of his childhood and he constantly uses his language in a musical aspect. He uses strong and precise description in the first two lines of the poem, which gives an impression of the emotive language to come. The imagery used in ‘Piano’ sets the tone of a memory which is similar to ‘Half Past Two’. His use of “vista of years” gives an indication of a visual remembrance which helps us predict use of strong and effective literary devices...
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