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Child’s Imagination in Writing


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw



     You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. In the book, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, by Dylan Thomas, we see how a child’s view of the world is drastically different than how adults see it. And oftentimes children's creative imagination’s shape the way we write and tell stories. Children see the world much differently than adults. This story expresses the creative nature of a child’s mind.

    A boy and his friends were venturing through his town on Christmas Day. They walk through the town during a blizzard.

The silent one-clouded heavens drifted on to the sea. Now we were snow-blind travelers lost on the north hills, and vast dewlapped dogs, with flasks round their necks, ambled and shambled up to us, baying "Excelsior.”

These kids take a quaint little town and turn it into a harsh wilderness where they were hardy traveler’s barring the cold to survive. In their minds they were able to take a seemingly boring town and turn it into whatever they wanted.

  This ability to see more than present is frequently explored by writers. A lot of story telling uses this technique to exaggerate the story and keep the listeners captivated. A child’s imagination is something that many people find interesting and may have a deeper meaning than just their growing and developing minds.

    Throughout this short story the author exhibits childlike imagination in his writing through images, actions, and detailed descriptions. He also uses similes and metaphors to greater amplify his writing to help set the scene and captivate the reader.