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"Warning" and "An Old Man"

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S.H 23/02/02 Twentieth Century Poetry Having read these poems I have come to realise that they are very different. In 'Old Man, Old Man' the poem expresses how an old man has been hit with the full consequences of time's inevitable toll. In 'Warning', the poem says of how this lady wants to grow old recklessly, and doesn't care about any possible consequences or what anyone else thinks even when it concerns her welfare and buying food 'I shall spend my money on brandy and summer gloves and satin sandals' This quote relates to what I've just said, it shows how the woman wants to live life without any cares or fears of being without (she thinks that she'll take risks and try to have luxury's instead of necessities). I think the woman is so scared about growing old this is why she is trying to boost her own self confidence by telling herself it'll be ok and that she will be able to live without worries. ...read more.


I think her thoughts on old age are ignorant as she obviously hasn't experienced it yet, I think she won't behave in this way she's just trying to comfort herself 'Gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells And run my stick along the public railings' S.H 07-02-02 I would imagine that Fanthorpe is writing about a man of eighty years who has (unlike the lady in 'Warning') already suffered the terrible aging process causing his ways of forgetfulness and also his senile antics. This is precisely what the lady in 'Warning' does not want to happen, as she describes constantly on how she will try to battle the terrifying aging process. 'But now we must have clothes that keep us dry And pay our rent and not swear in the street And set a good example for the children We must have friends to dinner and read the papers' The lady ...read more.


I think her thoughts are just her way of compromising with her fears of reality or is just trying to make herself feel better about growing old. From reading these two poems I have realised that there are two main ways that you can approach old age both ways are expressed in these poems. In 'Old Man, Old Man' the point of view expressed is one of accepting old age as it comes and letting it take its viscous toll on you. Whereas 'Warning' expresses another completely different example of this process, this one shows how the woman wants to try not to let aging affect her try to have fun and take each day as it comes, and unlike the other one she's aware of how she could end up if she goes without a fight but if she puts up a battle against the process of time she will be able to go the way she wants to 'Out with a bang'. ...read more.

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