In his poem “A Child’s Thought,” Robert Louis Stevenson captures the musings of a seven-year child as he drifts off to his sleepy dreams. In the second stanza, he describes the child’s room as it sits the next morning. The poem is written in couplets which provide a quick, child-like rhyming pattern.
The first stanza describes the young child’s dreams. The child sees castles, gardens, heroic horsemen, and ladies who need rescuing. There are “magic fruits” in the lush, imaginary land a seven-year conjures in his sleepy head.
In the second stanza, Stephenson, describes how the child seeks that enchanted dreamland when he awakes. The child’s room is just as it should be with chairs, carpet, bath, and boots all in place. There are no gallant horsemen or damsels in distress. It is the room of seven-year-old, not of his dreams.