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Describe the view of old age as portrayed in “Old Man Old Man” and “Warning” and show how the poets convey their different viewpoints.

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Fiona Trout Poetry Assignment How do you view old age? Two different views are explored "At the Crossroads". Describe the view of old age as portrayed in "Old Man Old Man" and "Warning" and show how the poets convey their different viewpoints. Show clearly which poem you identify with more and why. You could also refer to any other poems to support your views. I personally think of old age as another step in my life but I feel afraid of what might happen. I straight away think of dying and how scared I am at the thought of it. Being old to me means loneliness, having no one around to help when I need it, no one to laugh with me or be there when I am feeling down and need cheering up. I can picture myself as being frail walking croaked with a stick down the road. I am determined in myself not to grow old like that. I am actually looking forward to being old, going to Bingo and I won't be able to wait for Thursday to come. YES!! Pension day. I think that I could relate myself to both of the poems, "Warning" and "Old Man Old Man". ...read more.

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In the next verse the language changes to "We must". We must do what we should be polite and set a good example. It is suggesting we must behave proper. "We must have clothes that keep us dry Pay our rent not swear And set a good example for the children." The last verse goes back to her with "I ought". This verse is reflecting the beginning. I hope to grow old like this and do what makes me happy. I don't want to have to care about what others think. In the poem Old Man Old Man it explores the changing relationship between the narrator and an old man (possibly her father). The changes brought about by the old man are of growing older. They are conveyed by U.A.Fanthorpe use of oppositions e.g. the past and the present. I relate to the poem through how I think loneliness will affect my life when growing older. The poem starts with "A man who did-it-himself." Suggesting that his old age has stopped him doing things that he used to be able to do. Fiona Trout His old age is making him forget familiar things such as family faces. ...read more.

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She feels as though she can look after him and give him her love. "I can see you." But the line carries on and changes it around so now it looks though he said it in a blurred vision. "I can see you, You said to me, but only as a cloud." The final verse is a conclusion and the narrator is saying she wants to be with the old man to make up for the years he missed out on, seeing his daughter grow up. "Let me find your hammer. Let me Walk with you to Drury Lane. I am only a cloud." She is telling him she doesn't want him to feel as though he now has to rely on her because she is only a cloud. I found this poem a lot different to "Warning" because in that poem it more about looking forward to old age whereas in this poem it is more about old age and how growing old affects you e.g. memory loss, becoming frail and you are restricted to what you can do. This poem also takes the feelings of others into consideration and not just about what you want. I feel that both poems are made to make the reader think of old age in two perceptions a) what you want from old age and b) what you actually get from old age. ...read more.

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