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Thomass Youthful Nostalgia in Fern Hill In Fern Hill Dylan Thomas deals with the age-old dilemma of growing up Thomass youthful carefree outlook is expressed through his description of the farm where he spent his youth The poet uses nine six-line stanzas to illustrate the naivet he experienced when he was a boy Thomas now a grown man can tell his readers in retrospect about his youthful ignorance regarding the process of time In the first stanza the reader is introduced to life through young Thomass eyes He uses personification to describe the house as lilting 2 As the boy frolics through the yard it seems to him that the house is springing and moving This introduces the boys acceptance of his own interpretation of life His mind is untainted by the outside world He goes on to use assonance to ask time to let him hail and climb 4 He wishes time to let him stay the way he is Thomas uses the words honored prince and lordly to describe his feeling of faith and hope in his own potential greatness 6-7 In Stanza two we first see the word green that is repeated many times in this poem This word is used as a metaphor for youthfulness Thomas uses assonance to open the second stanza with the words green and carefree 10 Time is personified when Thomas asks it to let him remain young and naive even though the sun is young once only 12 Thomas chooses to remain ignorant to the workings of time and the immortality of the world The word green is repeated along with the word golden both words stressing his youthfulness 15 Thomas uses alliteration to express his ability to be anything he wants whether it be a huntsman or herdsman 15 Stanza three describes nightfall on the farm Again the word green is used in line twenty-three to reiterate a carefree simple ideal Thomas
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