Essay: Analysis of Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas Page
The poem the Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas Page, the narrator about his life as a young man and after he has grown old and is towards death. He tells the listener of his experiences as a young boy growing up in the hill. He used to admire the stars at night as well as the waterfalls in the rivers when he went out. The narrator who is also the main character in the poem makes the reader understand that he had a carefree life since he knew he was young and had all the time to enjoy his life. This is evident when he says, “And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns” (Page 10).
The color green is used repeatedly in the poem to depict youth. He compares to youth with green grass since old grass dries up and changes in color. When he says, “happy as the grass was green” he is comparing his life with that of newly grown grass (2). The color is also used to refer to the state that the narrator was in since he refers to himself as being green. Green refers also to the state of being innocent and naïve as the narrator was during those times. Color white refers to purity of a young man.
He uses time as a figure of authority that has control on the path his life will take. The narrator has personified time in the sense that he refers to those heydays as him as if it was a person. When the narrator is talking about the sun, he says that the sun is young only once. This refers to the fact that morning comes only once in a day as is the case of youth. Once a person has by passed his youth there is no chance of going back to it. Morning is referred to as the birth of a simple light. This personifies the rising of the sun of the sun since it is told in such a way that the sun is giving birth to daylight. Though the narrator has been having a carefree life things change when “fire as green as grass” meaning that he is nearing death (22). When the narrator says “before the children green”, he is already an adult (44). The narrator uses the golden color in reference to the value of time as is evidenced when he says “Golden…Time let me play” (13) and “Time…Golden in the mercy of his means”(14) since he has realized that the time that he has is no longer valuable. Running of time is shown by rising sun, death of grass and passage of days.