In Mrs Tilschers Class Essay

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In Mrs Tilschers Class

The poem “In Mrs Tilschers Class” by carol Ann Duffy deals with childhood throughout. The theme of the poem is that childhood is a time of fun and learning but also change as we reach adolescence. The poem is about the poets memories of primary as she takes the reader on a journey through being in a classroom to eventually being ready tot go to high school. The readers understanding of childhood is deepened by the use of techniques such as the word choice, imagery and structure.
At the end of the first stanza, Duffy demonstrates the fun and joy of being a child. This is depicted in the lines
“A window opened with a long pole. The laugh of a school bell swung by a running child.”
Duffy uses the word “laugh” to
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The last sentence shows that now that she knows this, she has lost all her innocence. The reader becomes aware of the changes we go through from being a innocent child and thinking that everything is sugar ‘N’ spice and everything nice, to learning things about ourselves and the world that seems so wrong and out of place from what we are used to.
The final stanza shows the changes in ourselves as we reach adolescence and how we cant wait to grow up. This is depicted in the lines:
“You ran through the gates, impatient To be grown, as the sky split open into A thunderstorm.
Duffy illustrates the impatience and desire to grow up into a teenager. The word “ thunderstorm” is used as a metaphor to show adolescence as it wont be a smooth ride, it will be full of bumps along the way. The readers understanding of growing up is deepened in this final stanza as it shows how we all want to grow up and how it is an amazing time for us.


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