Poems about childhood have been written in every style and form throughout the history of poetry. These poems explore how one’s childhood influences them as they age, experiences and freedoms (or lack thereof) in childhood, adults looking back on their childhood fondly (or not), and much more.
It’s hard to define the limits of poems about childhood because they are so broad and multi-faceted. Sometimes these poems are uplifting; sometimes, they are incredibly depressing and surprising. Readers shouldn’t be shocked to find childhood poems filled with nostalgia for the past and the way that a speaker lived and appreciated the small things when they were a child.