Old Man Old Man by U.A.Fanthrope and Warning by Jenny Joseph
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"warning". In old man, old man the poet U.A Fanthorpe relates old age
to a loss of freedom e.g. a timetabled cigarette.
The stanzas are always written in three lines in Old man old man. Old
man old man is a very bad or negative view on old age as he is always
talking about what he used to do "a dab hand with the black and
Decker". He is an anonymous person who is totally explained in the
title "old man old man" this emphasises his old age.
As you get older, your body does not work as well for some as you
start to have heart problems and lung problems and in "old man old
man". He has to take pills but he does not like doing this and he
fights from doing it "Recalcitrant things in bottles with tacky
labels". He used to be independent "He was always a man who did it
himself" and he still wants to be, but he has to take pills to stay
There are a few qualities of being old in the poem. If you are old
like the anonymous man you do not have a worry in the world because
you have no job you have to turn up to and nine o'clock or whenever.
You have no business to run and all you have to worry about is to get
the local paper every week and go shopping this is all that the have
to worry about or something like that.
The other story is Warning this is totally the opposite of "old man
Jenny Joseph who is not old yet "when I am old" has written a poem the
stanzas are free stanzas and the poem is not stereo typical. There are
also no set number of lines.
Jenny Joseph Is longing to break out of the restricted life she lives
as she lives a life of rules and she is not rude or does not do
anything out of the ordinary. Jenny Joseph does not want to turn in to
a boring old granny like most of them do.
She says to her husband, "you can grow fatter and eat a lb of sausages
and heaud bear mats and other stuff like that". She says that she will
become a "rebel" "I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
summer gloves are trivelelous items (a luxury)
When jenny thinks about being old she thinks of all the things that
she can do and leave all of the bad things behind you, and do all of
the things that she did not do when she was younger "I will learn to
She is worried that when she is going to become this cool dood gran
and not wear any clothes that match that her friend will get worried
about her and start asking her questions. Most of her friends are
probably going to be around the same age and so they will be offended
if she says that the clothes that they ware are boring. Therefore, she
is going to start wearing out of the ordinary clothes more often but
not every day, well not for a while yet so people who know me will get
used to it and are not to shocked and surprised when I do it all of
In poems it is hard to compare and contrast as they are normally on a
totally different subject and these two poems are on the same subject
but are totally the opposite opinions or views on old age. In the "old
man old man" poem you have smocked your timetabled cigarette this is
similar to the bit when jenny is waiting to be old so that she can
leave all of the boring stuff behind her. This is similar because they
are both waiting for something.
There is another similarity between the two poems and this is that
they are both about old age some are looking through good eyes and
others bad eyes.
There is also another difference one is thinking about what they want
to do and the other is what they used to do this show a completely
different views on old age.
There is also another difference and this is that the man in the poem
old man old man wants to be sensible and not learn to spit and other
bad things like that. The character jenny Joseph from the poem warning
wants to be crazy and wear outrageous clothes and not be boring, like
the old man old man poem There are not many other similarities and
differences that I can see.
In conclusion, I feel that the poems have been extremely well written
by the two authors U.A. Fanthorpe and Jenny Joseph. The two poems are
really like real life.
In the poem, warning by jenny Joseph the old lady has all of these
plans for what she will do when she is older like learning to spit and
spending all of he money on brandy and luxuries. But I think as she is
not old now and she is planning all of this and by the time she is
fifty-five sixty she will not want to do all of these plans as she
will have a medical problem. When you get older, you normally run out
of energy very quickly and I think that she will run out and not want
to do it all the time.
I do feel that the man from the poem "old man old man" will probabley
start doing something like a small amount of DIY as if he carries on
how he is he will get extremely board just sitting there.