The Childhood Memories
“whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.”(A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas)
Childhood, memories might be blurry, but it is always important. We might don’t know the exact dates and things, but it is nostalgic when me miss it. It’s a feeling that always occurs, we only feel it when we don’t have it.
Childhood memories are always beautiful. Everyone of us has a time and moment in our childhood which brings memories back. The times when we were free. When we could run up and down the hills, and say, “this is fun.” Dylan Thomas’s book, The Child’s Christmas in Wales, shows his nostalgia for his childhood, where he could wander around the world of joy. They were chasing the deacons and the bears, visiting the colorful birds, sing and wallowing, they were having fun.
“Years and years ago, when I was a boy, when there were wolves in Wales, and birds the color of red-flannel petticoats whisked past the harp-shaped hills, when we sang and wallowed all night and day in caves that smelt like Sunday afternoons in damp front farmhouse parlors, and we chased, with the jawbones of deacons, the English and the bears,” (A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas)
Childhood makes up a huge part of this story written by Dylan Thomas. In this book, he was merely expressing his nostalgic feelings about the Christmas he spend when he was young. He loved this place, it was based on his childhood memories, and recreating the Christmas he spend in Wales. Without this theme, the story wouldn’t make scene, because of the imagination of the streets and pets. Childhood needs to be part of the story, without this theme, the story would have lost its essence. We all have important memories and pasts, it might not be clear, not it should always be part of our life.
This piece has used a lot of our sentence building skills that we learned through out the year. Dylan Thomas used a lot of imagery and actions to create a vivid picture in our minds. Specific actions and images could make a story more intriguing, with the outstanding skills of writing that Dylan Thomas has, just makes the story better. The descriptions of people and his beauty, creates a vivid picture in our mind. He hate him whenever it was, but what ever happen, he always has a smile.
“I hated him on sight and sound, and would be about to put my dog whistle to my lips and blow him off the face of Christmas when suddenly he, with a violet wink, put his whistle to his lips and blew so stridently, so high, so exquisitely loud, that gobbling faces, their cheeks bulged with goose, would press against their tinsled windows, the whole length of the white echoing street.”(A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas)
This skill is always useful, whenever to create a sight or a image. This writing skill is so important, no just because it is often used in this writing, but to its content. Dylan Thomas wants to show the reader his Christmas when he was young, the streets, the lights, the people. This skills makes this piece no just better, but more engaging. The additional details and informations the author provides, makes the reader wonder more about the story, it makes when create of world the author is trying to portray. Imagery and action made a huge difference to The Child’s Christmas in Wales by attracting the reader, and making a colorful picture.
He didn’t only use one, in fact there are multiple writing techniques he used. Muscular Verbs, one of the most common skill also used in this writing. This skill makes the piece more intense, with specific verbs that describes the action. Dylan smelled the Christmas dinner at night, he was running home because he knows it’s going to be delicious.
“Then I would be slap-dashing home, the gravy smell of the dinners of others, the bird smell, the brandy, the pudding and mince, coiling up to my nostrils, when out of a snow-clogged side lane would come a boy the spit of myself, with a pink-tipped cigarette and the violet past of a black eye, cocky as a bullfinch, leering all to himself.”(A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas)
The muscular verbs in The Child’s Christmas in Wales has made the poem more powerful. With the muscular verbs, the poem was able to satisfy the need of reader. Without the muscular verbs, this poem will be plain and boring. It will need specifics and details. The muscular verbs is needed, and it is well used in this piece.
Our memories is important, we shouldn’t forget it, keep it and cherish it. It is what shaped us.