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How different are the views of old age expressed in ''Warning'' and ''Old Man, Old Man''?

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How different are the views of old age expressed in ''Warning'' and ''Old Man, Old Man''? The poems ''Warning'' and ''Old Man, Old Man'' express very different views of old age. ''Old Man, Old Man'' is about an old man who is having many problems in his old life and he looks back to his youth and all the things he did, whilst ''Warning'' is from the view of a middle-aged woman who is looking forward to old age, dreaming of excitement and having fun, the two poems could almost be thought of as opposites. ''Warning'' is narrated by a woman who, in her middle-aged life, is having no fun whatsoever and it contains a very bleak outlook on life in general, expressing duties that they have to do like ''set a good example for the children'' and it seems to be weighing her down and not being able to express how she feels and do what she wishes to do. ...read more.


The views of old age in the two poems are very different to their earlier lives. In ''Warning'' the woman sees old life as freedom from all the troubles of her current lifestyle, causing mischief that she did not cause in her youth, "and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells". The woman is looking forward to her old age so she can do what she wants and not be held back by rules. Both of the poems mention holding onto things, possibly a stereotype of an old person, in "Warning" it says that she will ''hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes" maybe herself thinking that it is what old people do and she may mock them by doing it light-heartedly, whilst in "Old Man, Old Man" it has a rather more serious approach on keeping ''things in bottles with tacky labels'' which may be medicine that he has to take in his old age as he has problems coping. ...read more.


I also think that "Warning" has a more likeable character that just wants to be rid of all her problems and just unwind and be herself, while "Old Man, Old Man" does probably not want the problems he has the fact is that he does have them and I would rather not see old age as a complete misery. Another reason that I would prefer to see old age as the view in "Warning" is because I feel a bit sorry for the woman, who has had no fun in her youth and is almost forbidden to have fun in her middle-age as she is weighed down with problems but she wants to have fun in her old life when her children, assuming she that the "children" who she has to set a good example for are hers, have left home and she is free to do as she wishes whilst in "Old Man, Old Man" he has has a good youth but is now wishing he could go back. ...read more.

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