Tag Childhood

Nettles – Poem Analysis

‘Nettles’ by Vernon Scannell uses images from war and conflict to describe a patch of stinging nettles and how they hurt his son.  Scannell is a former soldier whose work often includes representations and descriptions normally associated with war, using… Continue Reading →

Effects – Poem Analysis

‘Effects’ is a poem by Alan Jenkins which explores the idea of loss, and the lasting impact it can have on an individual both physically and emotionally. Jenkins was born in London and went to the University of Sussex. He… Continue Reading →

Out of the Bag – Poem Analysis

‘Out of the Bag’ by Seamus Heaney is a complex poem which explores the idea of revealing a secret, in this case how children are born, through transitions in time and perspective as the narrator grows up. The different sections of… Continue Reading →

An Easy Passage – Poem Analysis

‘An Easy Passage’ by Julia Copus is a poem which centres around the journey of a young girl sneaking into her house, presented in a surreal format which helps to create a distinctive narrative voice and raise ideas regarding childhood… Continue Reading →

To My Nine-Year-Old Self – Poem Analysis

‘To My Nine-Year-Old Self’ by Helen Dunmore explores the idea of childhood, considering the regrets and nostalgia that an adult may have when looking back at their past experiences. Dunmore is a poet and novelist, with her skills and experience in both… Continue Reading →

Material – Poem Analysis

‘Material’ is a poem by Ros Barber which considers the transition between childhood and adulthood, and the narrator’s nostalgia for a less consumer-driven world through the description of a traditional handkerchief.   Barber was born in America but raised in England, and… Continue Reading →