Poems - Childhood

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  • CHILDHOOD
    • Half-past Two
      • language
        • invented words
          • Nexttime
          • notimeforthatnowtime
          • put the reader in the child's world
        • simple, childlike language
          • wicked
          • cross
        • figurative language
          • adds to dreamlike effect
      • structure
        • free verse
        • 11 3-line stanzas
          • reflect the child's tendency to compartment-alize chunks of time
      • other techniques
        • anaphora
          • the repetition of line openings immerses the reader in the feeling of timelessness
        • capitalization of words
          • Time
          • Something Very Wrong
          • shows the world from the child's perspective (shows what he thinks is important)
        • personificatio-n / zoomorphism
          • 'the little eyes'
          • 'two long legs fro walking'
          • 'he couldn't click its language'
      • tone/themes
        • timelessness
        • children's perspectives
        • imagination
    • Piano
      • tone/themes
        • nostalgia
        • lonliness
        • reminiscence
        • negative change
      • language
        • negative
          • 'betrays me'
          • 'insidious mastery'
          • 'the heart of me weeps'
          • 'vain... clamour'
          • 'flood'
          • 'in spite of myself'
        • emotive
          • 'i weep like a child'
          • 'betrays me'
          • 'the flood of remembrance
          • Untitled
        • sibilance
          • 'insidious mastery of song'
        • allusions to sound
          • 'tingling strings'
          • 'tinkling piano'
          • 'boom'
      • structure
        • 3 4-line stanzas
          • matches the steadiness and harmony that the memories bring
            • rhyming couplets
            • regular syllable count
        • rhyming couplets
        • regular syllable count
        • internal rhymes
          • musical
    • Hide and Seek
      • language
        • imperative
          • immerses the reader in the urgent competition of the game through the child's eyes
        • assonance
        • figurative
          • emphasizes the childlike storybook view of the world
          • 'hide in your blindness'
          • 'smell of sand moves in your throat'
          • 'salty dark'
      • structure
        • free verse
        • written as a single stanza
          • from the perspective of a child without the restrictions (or security) of regular routine
            • free verse
      • tone/themes
        • abandonment
        • disappointed
        • play
      • other devices
        • oxymoron
        • direct speech
          • immerses the reader in the urgent competition of the game through the child's eyes

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