Childhood Is the Kingdom

Childhood Is the Kingdom

Childhood Is The Kingdom...

In Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "Childhood Is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies," she wrote of the outcome of a death of a loved one is to child. In Millay's poem she writes of a person who has lost their mother. Edna explains through the poem that to a child death is almost non-existent to them, "Nobody that matters, that is." When you are young, death does not seem to have an impact unless it happens to someone that is in your immediate family. To a child the world is halcyon, and is naive in relation to everything in the real world. The speaker, (whom I think isn't necessarily Millay herself) is then speaking that cats die. But after a period of time of mourning the child moves on to their merry way of life. Millay explains that only when a child loses his or her parent(s) do the child grow up. No matter the age, they grow up and mature.

I think the speaker is probably the person whose mother died when he or she was a child, and now are speaking of their child hood. Because the speaker said, "`I'm sorry mother,'" I think it is the mother who died. The speaker seems to be talking directly to the reader telling them about their life. In the fifth and sixth stanza the speaker said that, "To be grown up is to sit at the table with people who have died, who neither listen nor speak." Millay writes that they are the parents of that child, and the people will not speak because they are dead. In the sixth stanza, Millay writes that the speaker ran down into the cellar and got some raspberries, but the people, "are not tempted" because they are dead.

Millay's tone in this poem is longing I think and of depression and sadness. This poem is written in open verse. It has no particular rhyme scheme and does not have any parameter. I also think the theme of this poem is that when children experience loss of a parent; it can leave a scar in that child's mind that may not go away even...

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