In "Fern Hill," by Dylan Thomas depicts a child's magical childhood and the restraints time has on life itself.

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It is often said that in kindergarten every life lesson necessary for survival is taught. Children run, play, and most importantly let imaginations run wild. The world is innocent and new without the corruption of man, or at least it can not be seen by such adolescent eyes. A child constructs another world through mythical fairy tales or elaborate bed time stories. In "Fern Hill," Dylan Thomas depicts a child's magical childhood and the restraints time has on life itself.

Colors are used by many authors to represent various moods and atmospheres in a piece of literature. Thomas uses green to specify the soothing "and carefree" (10) cheer of the boy on the family owned farm. This property ensures stability and happiness in the boys' family and their lives. Another image that is mentioned a great deal in the poem is the color of gold. Gold is usually used with youthful objects and represents vibrancy.

"Golden in... his eyes" (5) the child again uses imagination to create a more interesting world. He "[is] [a] huntsman and herdsman" (15) in his imaginary land and plays the roles of other professions to entertain himself and dream. Colors are easily used to depict moods and temperaments; the child is youthful and carefree at this age and deems another world.

Genesis is the start of something and biblically it is the beginning of all the earth. Thomas uses many references to Genesis from the Bible demonstrating how spiritual he finds the farm. The author talks about the start of a new day there, comparing it to "shining, it was Adam and Maiden"(29). Adam and Eve are considered the beginning of the human race being clean and free from sin as the farm seems to depict in the morning. White is...