Time stands still and there is no way to rewind, “Old Age Sticks” is a poem that was published in a time of significant political, social, and cultural change (Poetry for Students vol.3). In the common view of the 1950's, the period is characterized by the tension and suspicion of the cold war. The misreading of his poetry would hint at a disdain for old age. The broken lines leave the reader wondering what "old age" sticks with, whom, or what? The individual words/letters give the reader a chance to make assumptions. The reader learns that "old age sticks up 'keep off' signs"(Poetry for Students vol.3). He capitali...
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...This poem represents one of e.e Cummings experiments with rhymed couplets. The names Maggie, Milly, Molly, and May could very well be representing four girls. Also, Cummings work has always encountered divergent criticisms.
"Old Age Sticks." Poetry for Students. Ed. Marie R. Napierkowski and Mary Ruby. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. 245-59. Print.
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