CBSE English -Hornbill – Childhood — Explanation
Childhood by Markus Natten ..
What the poem is about ….. Markus Natten reminisces about his childhood days when he was so simple, ignorant, naive, and immature. As he grew up, the simplistic ideas of the world vanished and he began to see the world in its own colours. He has mostly forgotten those days, but remembers them faintly.
THE POEM …
1st stanza .. This opening stanza, like the rest in the poem starts with the poser, “When did my childhood go?” It’s clear the speaker has grown up in age leaving his childhood years far behind. He was going to school, where he studied Geography. He got to realize that Hell and Heaven really didn’t exist. They were just fictional things that his parents must have mentioned to him, perhaps to instil the ideas of virtue or vice in his brain. The speaker wonders whether the day of his learning this from his text book could be day he bade good bye to his childhood.
2nd stanza .. This stanza starts with the usual poser, “When did my childhood go?” As he grew up, his parents must have been a little stern with him demanding discipline, responsibility, and self-dependance. The parents would have stopped fawning over him. It was a day in which he got to know that elders might speak about love, but they could be rude and demanding too. The speaker wonders if this could be day his childhood ended.
3rd stanza … Same question here also. As he grew up, he developed the capacity to discern, analyze, and come to his own conclusion. He could form his own opinion and stick to it. As a child, he could hardly think analytically about anything. So, he wonders, if this was the turning point when his childhood vanished.
4th stanza .. While concluding, he reminisces about the childhood days long gone. He did no longer have the sweet innocent face of a child. Nor does he quite remember what all had happened in his young days. He knows those days can’t return. He is resigned to this sense of loss.
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