What is this poem saying?
As from the house your mother sees
You playing round the garden trees,
So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,
Another child, far, far away,
And in another garden, play.
But do not think you can at all,
By knocking on the window, call
That child to hear you. He intent
Is all on his play-business bent.
He does not hear, he will not look,
Nor yet be lured out of this book.
For, long ago, the truth to say,
He has grown up and gone away,
And it is but a child of air
That lingers in the garden there.
The poem is about several things. It's about the imagination, for one. And it's about time. It's about the act of reading. The child imagines another child through ...
The Objective is to break the poem into its parts and analyze it for meaning/theme.