Frances Cornford Poems

Frances Cornford was the granddaughter of Charles Darwin. She was born in 1886 and is remembered today for her poetry. She published several books of poetry, including Autumn Midnight and Different Days. She died on August 19th, 1960.


by Frances Cornford

‘Childhood’ explores the transitory moment when a child becomes aware of the passing of time, and the process of growing old.

'Childhood' is fairly representative of Cornford's poetic interests, especially age and innocence.

I used to think that grown-up people chose

To have stiff backs and wrinkles round their nose,

And veins like small fat snakes on either hand,

On purpose to be grand.

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