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How do you feel about the ways in which old age is presented in 'Old man, Old Man' and 'Warning'?

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How do you feel about the ways in which old age is presented in 'Old man, Old Man' and 'Warning'? 'Warning' is about a middle-aged woman describing her wishes for the future. You can tell she is talking about the future due to the way the writer uses the words 'when' 'shall' and 'you can', which are all used to describe future objectives. 'Old Man, Old Man' is about the past and present life of an old man. Both poems focus on different aspects of old age. In 'Warning' the impressions of old age that come across are those of hope, rebellion and change. The impression of hope is there because the writer is looking forward to old age and all the things that she will be able to do when she is old. The impression of rebellion comes across because the writer says she wants to 'learn to spit', 'press alarm bells', 'And pick the flowers in other peoples gardens' all of which you wouldn't expect an elderly person to do. ...read more.


The poems are told from different points of view. 'Warning' is told from the point of view of a middle-aged woman and it is told from in the first person using words like 'I', 'we' and 'you'. 'Old Man, Old Man' is told from a narrator's point of view. Because the narrator is talking third person words are used such as 'He' make the poem less personal and without any feelings. The tones used in 'Warning' are mostly positive as at the start of the poem the writer is looking forward to all the things she can do when she is old. In the third stanza the tone changes to regret because the writer can't do the things she wants to do yet as she have expected responsibilities and actions such as 'have friends to dinner' and 'read the paper.' The way the poem is told is humorous as you can't imagine an elderly person sitting on the pavement if they are tired or eating all the samples in shops 'I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired / And gobble up samples in shops.' ...read more.


The language used in 'Warning' is colourful, upbeat and vibrant through the writer's use of adjectives to describe every point she makes 'summer gloves,' 'satin sandals'. The language used in 'Old Man, Old Man' is much darker and depressive, as the poem focuses on the down points never the up 'self demoted in your nineties to washing up', 'the jokes you no longer tell as you forget.' Both poems are effective in their views and the way they come across. 'Warning' brings a sense of amusement and happiness across, making the poem so effective. I feel that the lady is a positive role model due to her upbeat attitude to old age 'Old Man, Old Man' makes you feel sympathetic towards the man and the situation he is in. After reading 'Old Man, Old Man' I wanted to help him re-gain some of his independence. Using both poems together you can get a fairly balanced idea of old age, appreciating both the loss of independence and the chance to do things that you were unable to do in the past due to other commitments or responsibilities. ...read more.

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