At the end of the first stanza, Duffy demonstrates the fun and joy of being a child. This is depicted in the lines “A window opened with a long pole. The laugh of a school bell swung by a running child. ” Duffy uses the word “laugh” to suggest a human action which is full Of joy and shows the fun of being a child. The words “running child” shows the freedom of being a child and how it is a time of happiness as children have no worries. Duffy uses quite short sentences to emphasis the happiness of a child.
The adders understanding of the poem is deepened further as they realism that childhood is a time where you are care free and have a magical time having fun and learning at the same time. In the second stanza, Duffy demonstrates the attitude of a child and how they are easy to excite and please. This is shown in the lines: “Mrs. Tilefish loved you. Some mornings, You found she’d left a gold star by your name. ” The word “loved” shows the child’s attitude and how they enjoy the feeling of knowing that they are liked and loved by their teacher.
When Duffy uses the words “gold star” it instantly draws the reader in closer as it is something they can relate to as it brings back memories of being a child and feeling proud whenever you got rewarded. The memories and feelings off primary school are emphasizes to show how good it felt as a child. The third stanza starts to show the changes as you get older, as you start to realism that things aren’t as simple as they used to be. The lines that show this are: “A rough boy told you how you were born. You kicked him, but stared at your parents, appalled, hen you got back home. Duffy uses “A rough boy” to show how she thinks boys are disgusting and isn’t interested in them yet. The last sentence shows that now that she knows this, she has lost all her innocence. The reader becomes aware of the changes we go through from being a innocent child and thinking that everything is sugar ‘N’ spice and everything nice, to learning things about ourselves and the world that seems so wrong and out of place from what we are used to. The final stanza shows the changes in ourselves as e reach adolescence and how we can’t wait to grow up.