Piano and Half Past Two portray two different experiences of childhood. Show how successful each poet has been in presenting an aspect of his childhood

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Piano and Half Past Two portray two different experiences of childhood. Show how successful each poet has been in presenting an aspect of his childhood

Piano and half past two are both poems that refer back to childhood memories but while U.A.Fanthorpe (half past two) starts off as a child and matures as the poem goes on, D.H.Lawrence (the piano) is the adult who, having suppressed all his feelings and emotions, is cast back into his childhood.

U.A.Fanthorpe uses the extended metaphor of liberation towards the end of the poem - Liberation from the adult-time, liberation from the carefully scheduled school, and liberation from everything orderly. Only as a child and one that has no concept of time could he have escaped into
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“Timeformykisstime (that was Gran time)” The only time he would get a kiss was with his gran. His parents are never around to love him. “My goodness she said I forget all about you” The fact the she never noticed his absence demonstrates carelessness and an innate callousness. When he attempted to tell his parents about this “notimeforthatnowtime” he tried to tell his parents about his but was rebuffed .This is quite the contrast to those loving memories experienced in piano.

Fanthorpe and Lawrence both use predominantly visual imagery. This is how a child understands the world, being unable to comprehend neither words nor sentences. “Pressing the small poised feet”- he understands through sight and sound. “The clock face, the little eyes and the two long legs.” This personification of the clock shows he understands the world around him as only objects without meaning. He has neither understanding nor use of the abstract concepts that govern the adult world. “Gettinguptime, timeyouwereoff, timetogohomenowtime.” He doesn’t understand individual words; he understands phrases, linked to certain happenings at different times of the day. Both have escaping from their current life and reality as one of the main themes of the poem. In Piano, he escapes from adulthood while in half past two he escapes into the eternity of timelessness. However, while the child in piano is remembering those times with love and weeping because of the emotional upheaval, the child in half

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