• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Old age can be a sad and lonely time or it can be a time of excitement and a chance to do new interesting and different things. Discuss.

Extracts from this document...


Old age can be a sad and lonely time or it can be a time of excitement and a chance to do new interesting and different things. Discuss. The two writers view old age very differently. One sees it as a time of sadness, loneliness and helplessness, while the other sees it as a time for excitement, happiness and individualism. In this essay I will compare the two poems and write about the ways they are similar and different and about how the poets view old age. The voice of the poem 'Old man, Old man' is possibly of the daughter of the old man. Her style of writing changes from third person narrative to second person narrative. This shows us that during the poem the relationship of the old man and the daughter is getting closer. At the beginning, the writer uses 'He' but near the end she uses 'You'. The language changes from a third person narrative to a second person narrative, this is due to the fact that they have become closer and now they have a better relationship that means a lot more to them now then before. There is also the using of Italics to differentiate the speech 'I can see you' and 'I've lost my hammer' to show speech. She also becomes more poetic whilst writing in a second person narrative. ...read more.


is now 'so obdurate' in his 'contracted world' and is 'living in almost dark.' The writer also writes about the negative sides of old age such loosing eyesight and memory. She also looks upon old age as time for helplessness loneliness and sadness. This is reflected in her description of the old man and his life. She uses words such as 'ramble,' and 'shamble.' These words show us the negativity of the writer on old age. On the other hand the writer in 'Warning' sees old age as not the end but the start of a new life. She sees it as a time for freedom, a time where you can be a capricious individual. She also sees it as a time for casting off the shackles and responsibilities of adulthood. The writerfeels you can 'wear terrible shirts grow more fat,' and no one will care. She sees all the good sides of old age, a time where she can do all the things she has been shunned from during her childhood as well as adulthood. She wants to 'run my stick along the public railings', 'gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells' and wear things that don't suit her. Therefore she sees old age as a chance to 'make up for the sobriety' of her youth. ...read more.


There is also a contrast with luxuries and necessity as she writes 'And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we have no money for butter' This shows that she only spends money on what is necessary while she wants to spend money on luxuries as well. She uses oxymorons, as luxuries can not really be brought on a pension. She also uses objects, which we associate with old age such as 'summer gloves' and 'satin sandals.' These items are kind of a stereotype of old people. The writer also represents rebellious actions and behavior through objects such as ' I shall wear purple with a red hat' this is rebelling against image and it is shown through the weird and funky clothes she is planning on wearing. I have portrayed that the two poets have different views of old age and this is reflected in their poems. U A Fanthorpe portrays old age as a time for sadness loneliness and helplessness and this is reflected in her poem and the way she describes the old man and his small and lonely world. While Jenny Joseph views old age as a time of excitement, fun, individualism and a chance to do new and exciting things. She sees it as almost a second childhood except this time she doesn't have many restrictions. This is reflected in her poem by the rebellious acts she has planned on doing. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. Memories of a Childhood

    With both of these examples also the reader can relate to these events which will arouse pictures and feelings as they read.

  2. "The Things They Carried," Tim O'Brien.

    These emotional burdens are the heaviest because they are intangibles and therefore cannot be disposed of. Physical burdens are no more than that; if necessary they can be discarded. Emotional burdens, on the other hand, must be endured. O'Brien, speaking of cowardice in particular, says, "In many respects this

  1. Explain the arguments used by the poets to make use of time

    Herrick explains to the virgins that only once you have lost your virginity, can the urgency be lost and then you can relax. Herrick's end is less philosophical than Marvell's poem; therefore his poem goes out to all virgins. He is telling virgins to search for happiness, not for the

  2. "To compare the attitudes towards love at the time both poems were written

    This is because it is where all the action is, where he wants to "leap" of the cliff and kill himself. The word "leap," suggests that he doesn't want to injury himself, he really wants to kill and hurt himself badly.

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera - Commentary on pages 344-345.

    This is an entirely differently love from that which Fermina shared with Dr Urbino, her husband.

  2. The Daughters Of The Cross

    put into it, They display an overwhelming love of God by helping those who need their help. "We have an unreserved commitment to meeting the educational, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of children and students with epilepsy and learning difficulties" They have dedicated and promised to give up themselves for the help of others.

  1. "Poetry is the best words in the best order" - Coleridge - Discuss with ...

    This final line is a powerful demonstration of love. Teaming death with love is so abstract that it has lasting impact on the reader with such a build of emotion that the reader can almost feel breathless. It construes finality and permanence of Elizabeth's affections for her lover.

  2. Narrative Techniquesin A Hero of Our Time and Fathers and Sons

    Unlike Pechorin, Bazarov was the rejected lover, but the narrator goes on to show that in death, she actually loved him. " Anna touched his forehead with her lips" ( Turgenev, 289). The narrator reveals she was afraid of him but at his death, her actions indicate that she does love him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work