As a middle class boy, his parents probably would not allow him to play in the streets And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams. And more significantly, they had no inhibitions, as they had nothing to lose. They had were not reticent on stripping as they were far from the realm of calculated sophistications. He specifically mentions the children copying his lisp and physically attacking him. The children and the boy are all jealous, jealousy works both ways. This is effective at showing how painful it is being made fun of. I longed to forgive them, but they never smiled.
The poet initially attended Oxford University but did not finish his degree. The writer uses many types of speech such as metaphors, similes, alliteration and onomatopoeia. He attempts to smile at them. He was excluded from their community because of his class and his lisp. Throughout the poem, Spender uses antithesis to compare and contrast the differences between him and the other children.
He knows he is punished but cannot understand why. Abbie, thank you so much even if you didn't post it for me in the first place. The children wear rags and 'torn clothes'. I longed to forgive them, but they never smiled. They were lithe, they sprang out behind hedges Like dogs to bark at our world. Spender also explores the complexities of bullying reflected in the rough actions made to the poet.
In the first stanza you can see his disgust and jealousy for the street kids. I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron And their jerking hands and their knees tight on my arms. Sometimes the poet uses alliteration. The poet feels very hurt by them even though he envies their freedom which gives the stanza a sad tone. Here he is writing about a middle class boy who envies the freedom of the lower class boys, although he is also afraid of them.
But they appear to see that every action of the children is something to be avoided, something that is working class. Does it mean, however, that their words were in fact hurting him? Half past two has a theme of life before not being able to tell time. I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys Who copied my lisp behind me on the road. The twelve line poem which is divided into three stanzas of equal lines per stanza, explained how the poet was bullies by a group of superior but inferior. The central theme in the poem is bullying but other themes of note are lack of forgiveness, fear, superiority, inferiority and poverty. Especially the use of words like 'rags' and 'torn' and sentences like, 'ran in the street', 'stripped by country streams'etc. Alan, a compulsively neat chiropractor and control-freak, is thrown out by his manipulative wife Judith who nevertheless gets him to pay for everything and do most jobs in the house.
The bullies and their victim are different in appearance, manners, lifestyle and social background. This is effective because is captures the readers attention as it is right at the start of the poem. Stephen Spender was a huge fan of literature and art. The information it puts across. Students could be asked perhaps in role how a child might try to form these thoughts and feelings into words.
It is written by Stephen spender. Indeed, he was very proud of the fact that he had never ever passed an exam in his whole life. Second stanza, the poet feared the bullies because of their strength and many times they'd beaten him. I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron Their jerking hands and their knees tight on my arms. Imagery is confined to lines 2, 5 and 10 and each case is very direct. The second verse tells the reader about what the boys do to the boy himself.
My Parents kept me from children who were rough by Stephen Spender My parents kept me from children who were rough and who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes. The writer uses many types of speech such as metaphors, similes, alliteration and onomatopoeia. Yet it is expressed within a formal framework. The poem's narrator is ambivalent. They vary greatly in appearance, menu, service and prices.
The second verse, it tells movement of a jerking action. The children wear rags and 'torn clothes'. It is written by Stephen spender. Lastly my parents kept me from children who were rough have a theme of not being able to relive a bad memory. This is effective at showing how painful. Analysis: This poem could be a personal or biographical depiction of Spender's early life suffering the disability of a club foot and a speech impediment.
God, I keep on telling myself that the best people to teach English poetry are its native speakers , not like these I have in here , sorry, I'm not impolite but I really don't enjoy poetry except in this very forum so thank you all. Finally, what about the children who were rough? I think the poet is writing about himself because he uses a lot of words like ' my', ' me' and 'I'. Any assistance would be appreciated. He compares them to tigers and dogs. Finally the poet uses onomatopoeia. They threw mud at him, and he could not retaliate, but had to keep walking, and pretend it was funny.