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Young and Old Analysis



Author: Poetry of Charles Kingsley Type: Poetry Views: 834

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1When all the world is young, lad,

2And all the trees are green;

3And every goose a swan, lad,

4And every lass a queen;

5Then hey for boot and horse, lad,

6And round the world away!

7Young blood must have its course, lad,

8And every dog his day.



9When all the world is old, lad,

10And all the trees are brown;

11And all the sport is stale, lad,

12And all the wheels run down;

13Creep home, and take your place there,

14The spent and maimed among;

15God grant you find one face there,

16You loved when all was young.





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When you're young, you're dumb. When you're old, you're spent and maimed. Thank you, next.

| Posted on 2016-10-24 | by a guest


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This poem is very boring and needs more life put into it.

| Posted on 2011-04-25 | by a guest


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your commentaries make NO since!! how is a student supposed to understand the peom when you wackos are doing everything you can to prevent it!!

| Posted on 2009-04-28 | by a guest


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your commentaries make NO since!! how is a student supposed to understand the peom when you wackos are doing everything you can to prevent it!!

| Posted on 2009-04-28 | by a guest


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First of all, the numbers beside the lines are line numbers. They do not serve any other purpose.

Second, I really like the meter combined with the rhyme scheme. Without seeming too forced, the Iambic trimeter gives the sense that the "lad" has sat through this same speech before many-a-time, while the "every-other-line" rhyme scheme gives the monologue a lighter, more passive tone. The allusion to the simple natural order of things is compelling, and becomes truer the older one grows. The speaker uses the lad's presence to not only highlight the young beauty described in the first stanza, but to contrast that age described in the second.

Ironically, the beauty described here is only discovered along with the age of the speaker. The "speech" given serves to inform the lad of the wonders of youth, but will most likely be ignored. Thus the case is a relatable one.

| Posted on 2007-01-24 | by a guest


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I agree to what the person said above. Certainly a pleasure to read to the younger generation to let them accept the changes that they will face and enounter as they grow up. Many obstacles will be faced too, so it is best to let them accept the facts from young.

| Posted on 2006-06-18 | by Approved Guest


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A very interesting twist of an elder telling a kid what the world is like. Note the numbering of each phrase, which adds to the meaning of the elder numbering the points for the "lad" to see.

Furthermore, the part of the elder pointing out of what things will be like when the lad grows up is another way of saying that all things will grow old one day!

Certainly an enjoyment to read this poem aloud like an elder!

| Posted on 2006-06-11 | by Approved Guest




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