The Child is Father of The Man - Wordsworth


This article describes about the saying by Wordsworth which was "The child is Father of The Man". Read to know about the statement in detail and its exceptions.

What the poet means is that by studying the child we can tell what sort of man he is going to be. Alexander Pope, Sarojini Naidu and Toru Dutt composed poems very early in life. The boy Wordsworth loved nature passionately. As he grew up his passion for nature increased greatly and he became the greatest interpreter of nature in English literqture, George Washington showed his firmness of character when he refused to tell a lie, to his father. The boy Isaac Newton had found out the mechanism of the wind-mill, the man explained to his fellow men the mechanism of the universe. Johnson showed great intellectual superiority at school, Beethoven had composed three sonatas before he was three years old. Einstenin was interested in ideas. At an early age Nelson had given proof of that daring which he showed throughout his life. Dunlop, Edison, Marconi and James Watt evinced great interest in scientific things when they were children. Young Hemingway was very advernturous. Darwin was fond of collecting specimens. Adrea del Sarto, the famous Italian painter (called Faultless Painter) showed artistic skill in his childhood. Mc Adam showed an aptitude for the future profession by making a model road section when he was student. Elizabeth Fry was greatly interested in the welfareof others while she sas living as a girl in Norfolk. The boy M. K. Gandhi loved truth greatly. The girl Indira was courageous and patriotic. K. A. Abbas says she wanted to be someone like the John of Arc.

Wordworth's statement does not hold good in the case of all. Shakespeare, Keats, Ibsen, Bernard Shaw and several other famous writers had not shown any literary talent in their childhood. It is circumstances that make or mar one's life. Among the poor too there are talented children. We are reminded of the 'mute inglorious Milton' mentioned by Thomas Gray. Financial difficulties made Sreenivasa Ramanujam accept the post of a clerk in the Madras Post Trust. He would have died unknown, had not F. H. Hardly, famous mathematician noticed his his proficiency in mathematics. It was mainly because of his help that Ramanujan was able to contunue his sutdies and research in England and became famous as a mathematician. In 1918 he was made an F. R. S.

Modern psychoanalysis holds strongly to the view expressed by "Bend the twig, bend the tree" - this is what is stresses.


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