English_Master March 31, 2016 No Comments
THE CHILD IS THE FATHER OF MAN This Wordsworth statement perhaps means that the qualities exhibited by a child will deepen and appear in a marked form when the child grows up into a man. By observing and studying the behaviour, the inclinations, the preferences, the prejudices and the tendencies of child we can form an idea as to what sort of man he will develop into. One’s childhood, therefore, may be taken as forming the basis of one’s manhood. It is in this sense that the child has been called the father of man. The statement carries much sense. The biographies of several great men show that their character and achievements had appeared in their early childhood. An average child with no remarkable qualities will rarely develop into a remarkable man but a child with striking qualities will grow into one. Napoleon in his childhood used to ‘play’ fighting and had great enthusiasm for mock-warfare. Later on, as everyone knows, he distinguished himself as one of the greatest military geniuses of the world. His childhood, therefore, showed unmistakable signs of the direction his mind subsequently took. Similarly, David Lingstone used to play exploring when he was still a boy. Eventually he became one of the greatest explorers of...
read more