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Half Past Two I will use the method of explaining every stanza to write about this poem in detail Half Past Two is a poem in which Fanthorpe describes how a young child is given a detention for an unspecified misdemeanour and is forgotten by his teacher Fanthorpe draws on her experience as a teacher to describe the scene as seen through the childs eyes The Title of the poem tells me a lot of information even before I read the poem The information it puts across is that A boy is told to stay behind until Half Past Two but this has no-meaning to him because he has no concept of time The boy cant tell the time but yet he divides the day up into familiar recognisable units as in schooltime lunchtime hometime Tone Half Past Two uses a lot of different tones tones such as Nostalgic Innocent Dream Like Stanza One In this stanza Fanthorpe includes the first of his markers of the day which the boy recognizes as a time in the day This is set out as a compound word Schooltime Fanthorpe uses capital letters at the beginning of the words Something Very Wrong he does this to show us how significant and important the incident was to the teacher Whereas the words I forgot what it was and the use of parenthesis brackets show that it wasnt all that important to the boy Stanza Two Again in this stanza Fanthorpe uses the use of capital letters to give the teacher a God- Like status She in the boys eyes Also the use of repetition of Something Very Wrong shows the serious nature of his wrongdoing In this stanza the words Half Past Two shall come across to us for the first time except for the title These words are used to tell the boy what time he has to stay in the school- room till Stanza Three Human nature
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