Sophia Benigno. Dr. Kate Lechler, Brian Cook. English 225

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Sophia Benigno
Dr. Kate Lechler, Brian Cook
English 225 Section 20
May 8, 2017
Appreciation of Time Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas is a narrative poem that tells the story from the author’s childhood to becoming an adult. During childhood, he is innocent and naïve to the world that lay ahead of him. The Modern Period was a time of change and innovation with respect to rising technologies and new ideas, but it was also a period of memories and reflection on the past. This era brought new literary techniques such as time shifts, flashbacks, and streams of consciousness that allowed authors to show their readers two different views of time in the same story. Thomas used the time shift and change of consciousness techniques in Fern Hill to allow
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In the next stanzas, time is seen as the end of playing and going to bed, another idea familiar to children, but Thomas describes the continuation of time through sleeping and therefore a change of days. He still references the farm as a place to enjoy, while subtly preparing us for a change. “Under the new made clouds and happy as the heart was long, In the sun born over and over” (lines 38-39) refers to the change of days coming with a new sky and sun every morning. Children understand the concept and differences between day and night and that the night brings a new day, but they may not understand the science behind it that allows time to happen such as Earth’s constant orbits around the sun and the many perceptions of physics and time. Thomas is hinting that a greater knowledge of the world occurs as time goes on, and although he camouflages it with easy words and ideas, readers need this knowledge to fully understand this transitional part of the poem. Play eventually ends at night and with each night comes a new day until we are too old to play. In Stanza 5, Thomas signals a complete change in tone of the poem when he says, “And nothing I cared, at my sky blue trades, In all this tuneful turning so few and such morning songs Before the children green and golden Follow him out of grace” (lines 42-45). The changing of time is beginning to become a means to the end rather an an infinite happy ‘play time’.

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