Dylan Marlais Thomas (1914-1953) in short Dylan Thomas based on his childhood memories writes several numbers of poems. The poem in October, Fern Hill, and After the Funeral is remarkable poems based on the theme of childhood.
Childhood memories in “After the Funeral”
“After the Funeral” is a tribute and elegy to Thomas’s aunt Ann Jones with whom he shared a deep bond. He enjoys everything about Fern Hill with his aunt. He remembers his aunt’s generosity in his childhood. The death of his aunt left a profound impact on the poet.
More Notes: Dylan Thomas
Childhood memories in “Poem in October”
Waking up at the call of nature quite early in the morning, he feels that he is being greeted on his birthday by the objects of nature, birds, beasts, hills and trees, and the waves of the ocean. When the whole town is sleeping the poet comes out of the house and finds the pool full of mussels. The herons sitting priest-like on the seashore. All these natural phenomena and human activities seem to welcome the poet on his birthday. He remembers the happy days of childhood when he passed in Fern Hill. He passed time there with his aunt. He walked there like a lord.
More Notes: Suggestions
Childhood memories in “Fern Hill “
The speaker remembers the happy times of his childhood spent at a farm called Fern Hill, describing himself as being “young and easy,” and the “prince of the apple towns.” The speaker was green and carefree. He says,
And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns
About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,
But now the poet is very sad that his childhood days are gone forever and those days will never come back to him.