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Poem introduction

'From his Childhood' is a fantasy about a severe governess or nanny remembered from somebody's early years. A woman full of moral maxims and stern instructions and her influence is destructive though the storyteller has eventually grown out of her. She is not my own nanny or governess - I had no such thing - this woman is, if you like, a Thatcherite figure.

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