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

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Comment 37 of 157, 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 157, 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 157, 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 157, 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 157, added on April 16th, 2007 at 11:54 AM.

this poem is original and fun

Alexus from United States
Comment 32 of 157, 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
Comment 31 of 157, added on March 14th, 2007 at 4:30 PM.

good. I feel that way too.

bob alex from Brazil
Comment 30 of 157, added on March 3rd, 2007 at 9:36 AM.

this poem is very good.It learns someone a lesson.i wanted to say hi to
Shel Sliverstein. SO HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kerry from Canada
Comment 29 of 157, added on February 28th, 2007 at 11:01 PM.

I think thatthe poem says that we are so similar to different age groups
and I think that most importantly we should treat our elders with respect
because we don't know how long they will be here. It is sad the way people
treat others now a days. We should treat others the way we want to be
treated. God Bless!!

Ana from United States
Comment 28 of 157, added on February 28th, 2007 at 5:40 PM.

This poem is so real. If your still in elementray school, well atleast at
mine, there's always atleast one kid who omost never fits in or is left out
all the time.

Anna from Australia

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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: 5924 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 11 2016

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