Child is Father The of MAN (Wordsworth)
What this means is that by studying the child we can tell what sort of man he is going to be. Alexander Pope, Sarojini Naidu and Toni Dutt composed poems very early in life. The boy Wordsworth loved nature passionately. As he grew up, his passion for nature increased greatly and he became the greatest interpreter of nature in English literature. George Washington showed his firmness of character when he refused to tell a lie to his father. The boy Isaac Newton had found out the mechanism of the wind-mill, the malt explained to his fellow men the mechanism of the universe. Johnson showed great intellectual superiority at school. Beethoven had composed three -sonatas before he was three years old. Einstein was interested in ideas. At an early age Nelson had given proof of that daring which he showed throughout his life. Dunlop, Edison, Marconi and James Watt evinced great interest in scientific things when they were children. ‘Young Hemingway was very adventurous. Darwin was fond of collecting specimens. Andrea del Sarto, the famous Italian painter (called the Faultless Painter) showed artistic skill in his childhood. Mc Adam showed an aptitude for the future profession by making a model road section when he was a student. Elizabeth Fry was greatly interested in the welfare of others while she was living as a girl’ in Norfolk. The boy M.K. Gandhi loved truth greatly. The girl Indira was very courageous and patriotic. K.A. Abbas says she wanted to be like the Joan of Arc.
Wordworth’s statement does not hold good in the case of all. Shakespeare, Keats, Ibsen, Bernard Shaw and several other famous writers had not shown any literary talent in their childhood. It is circumstances that make or mar one’s life. Among the poor too there are talented children. We are reminded of the ‘mute inglorious Milton’ mentioned by Thomas Gray. Financial difficulties made Sreenivasa Ramanujan accept the post of a clerk in the Madras Port Trust. He would have died unknown had not G.H. Hardy, the famous mathematician, noticed his proficiency in mathematics. It was mainly because of his help that Ramanujan was able to continue his studies and research in England and became famous mathematician. In 1918 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.