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To My Nine-Year-Old Self Summary & Analysis
by Helen Dunmore

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"To My Nine-Year-Old Self" was written by British poet, novelist, and short story writer Helen Dunmore. First published in 2007 in the poetry collection Glad of These Times, the poem is framed as a dramatic monologue delivered by the speaker to her childhood self. The poem expresses fondness and nostalgia for the wonder and curiosity of childhood, while also acknowledging the impassable divide between maturity and innocence. In acknowledging this, the poem suggests, one can move on from the past and into a state of peace and acceptance. Like much of Dunmore's work, the poem is written in free verse.

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