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

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Comment 21 of 141, added on February 20th, 2006 at 10:12 PM.

This poem made me think of my own father whom i haven't spoke to in a very
long time i will call him tonight thank you!

shell from United States
Comment 20 of 141, added on February 9th, 2006 at 9:43 AM.

I think that this poem is really sad, but although sad, it is very true

Emily from United States
Comment 19 of 141, added on February 9th, 2006 at 9:13 AM.

This is a poem that touches the hearts of everyone who reads it. It is the
perfect example of children and the elderly and how similar they really
are. It also serves as a note to everyone in between. Donít underestimate
or overlook the young or old. The old have much to say and wise words to
live by. The young need to be nurtured and cared for. The old hold the key
to our past and the young hold the key to our future. If we do not listen
to the old how can we teach our children? There is an infinite amount of
knowledge that is lost through death and if we do not preserve that
knowledge, the generations to come will be destined to rediscover it
forcing society to repeat itself in an attempt to move forward.
This may seem like an extreme analysis of a childrenís poem but there is
so much more to it than meets the eye. This poem has the power to change
lives with a separate message for each generation that reads it. A mother
reads this to her child. The child hears it and realizes that old people
are more than wrinkles and funny smells; the old are a lot like children
and this brings the child closer to his grandparents. The mother reads this
to her child and comes to understand that her parents have much to teach
her as well as her little boy, therefore strengthening the relationship
between the mother and her parents. The grandparents, with a closer
relationship to their daughter and grandson, read the poem wile spending
time with the small boy and discover how much they are needed, giving the
grandparents purpose and joy in their final years.

Christopher Reynolds from United States
Comment 18 of 141, added on January 9th, 2006 at 2:44 PM.

This poem is so sad. It shows us how even the youngest of kids have so many
things in common with the older generations. It makes you think about how
you treat your grandparents and how you sometimes ignore them. This poem
puts things into perspective for me.

Allie from United States
Comment 17 of 141, added on January 4th, 2006 at 8:56 PM.

i think that this poem expresses the true feelings about children and older
adults. as we get older we seem to think that the things that are important
aren't important anymore. this poem expresses a circle of understanding and
achknowledgement. everyone should feel loved from the young to the old.

Kalie from United States
Comment 16 of 141, added on December 5th, 2005 at 3:52 PM.

I dont know why, but when I read that poem, I just feeled touched. It shows
that no matter how many years actually go by some things will and never
will change. It shows that two generations are bridged through the simple
facts of togetherness in things that you cannot understand but yet you

Harry Park from United States
Comment 15 of 141, added on November 23rd, 2005 at 8:37 AM.

It's a great poem!
I think it's true about pdrents not listening to kids!!

nicholas from Canada
Comment 14 of 141, added on September 14th, 2005 at 5:31 PM.

I think this poem is really cute! It is also very intersting.

Comment 13 of 141, added on August 24th, 2005 at 5:06 PM.

wow! that is soooo sad! every time i read this poem i get misty-eyed! it
reminds me of my grandfather! boo hoo!

Avalon from United States
Comment 12 of 141, added on June 5th, 2005 at 12:38 PM.

I think this poem is beautiful, and does show a circle of life and
understanding between the very young and the very old. But I think
everyone, whether they are a child, an adult, middle-aged, a teenager,
retired, a twentysomething, etc. has felt ignored, embarrassed, or set
aside. And it is always a wonderful thing when somebody can make you feel
that they perfectly understand how you are feeling.

katie 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
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