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Analysis and comments on The Little Boy and the Old Man by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 41 of 141, added on February 6th, 2011 at 9:30 AM.

Dear Shel, this is the most amazing poem i have ever read. it really
captures how much we ignore the elderly and children. Please write back to
me, your biggest fan, Maddy xxx

Maddy from United Kingdom
Comment 40 of 141, added on March 31st, 2009 at 8:19 AM.

The Little Boy and the Old Man wtf wrong with that picture

camron coates from Ethiopia
Comment 39 of 141, added on February 10th, 2009 at 6:44 PM.

Your poem is totally awesome! I wish I had the guts to do that. Where
do you get those great ideas? Almost every single day I go on your
website! Just to tell you, I am 8 years old. I love your poems. Please
comment me back! Your fan Al'lainya

Al'lainya Dumas from United States
Comment 38 of 141, added on December 1st, 2008 at 1:42 PM.


ahmarri mickens from Australia
Comment 37 of 141, added on May 27th, 2008 at 2:25 PM.

i love this poem its funny and sad but most of all it is sweet..ect

briona jones from United States
Comment 36 of 141, added on February 8th, 2008 at 2:40 PM.

i think that this poem is so sweet
and it like tells you that kids and adults arnt very differint at all

savannna from United States
Comment 35 of 141, added on October 5th, 2007 at 1:22 PM.

I love this poem! And I love it because it points out something so
blaringly evident in American culture. We treat and ignore the elderly
just as we do children. Even though the old men and women in this world
have experienced decades upon decades more than the middle aged people who
control their lives. We do not draw upon their wisdom or experience; we
ignore it and act as if they have none, because they drop spoons and wet

Heather from United States
Comment 34 of 141, added on April 17th, 2007 at 9:22 PM.

I love this poem. It's so heartfelt, that the little old man understands
him. It means that young people's problems aren't always as little as they
seem. The little old man knows that only all too well. I love it!

Aki Kaze from Japan
Comment 33 of 141, added on April 16th, 2007 at 11:54 AM.

this poem is original and fun

Alexus from United States
Comment 32 of 141, added on March 14th, 2007 at 8:12 PM.

The poem is about the progression of the man. How we all start as a little
baby that needs to be taken care of, and how being old isn't much of a
blessing either because we fall back into a spirl of slowly regressing,
just as children progress. So everyone please studat hard, learn well,
live, and enjoy the time you have, you might always have these

Ben from United States

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Information about The Little Boy and the Old Man

Poet: Shel Silverstein
Poem: The Little Boy and the Old Man
Volume: A Light in the Attic
Year: 1981
Added: Apr 22 2004
Viewed: 3485 times

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