The School Globe by James Reaney

“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” – Patrick Rothfuss. “The School Globe” written by James Reaney, emphasizes on his childhood memories. I can strongly get an understanding of his life and say he really misses his childhood days and wants it back when things were very simple and easy going, the days we all took advantage of This story refers to his childhood when there were no lies, less responsibilities and little stress. “Here in my hands rest the fair fields and lands of my childhood” (11-13 verse), is stating that his childhood memories at school were just fun and stress free; a place where he does not have to pay bills, have financial problems, etc. As I analyzed the poem, I can tell that James had a solid and rough life at home and loved the escapism of school. Escapism of school always satisfied him because he can be provoked with education as well as friends and happiness was always present. Home for him may be prison, which is just my personal understanding of his life.

The School Globe can be construction of reality because it refers to his past childhood memories. Most of the older generations, teenagers, adults and seniors can always make connections or relate to their childhood days. The childhood moments may be good or bad depending on their experience as a child. Regardless, there can be texts in most literature that may or may not let someone connect to their childhood. There are passages throughout the poem that can help readers to connect to their childhood days. “A house where I was little and afraid to swear because God might hear and send a bear to eat me up”. I remember a few years back when I was an infant; I was not allowed to swear, in fact I don’t think any infants allowed to swear in their household. If I did swear, I would get lec…

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