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

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Comment 13 of 133, 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 133, 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
Comment 11 of 133, added on May 26th, 2005 at 7:09 PM.

it was so sad i cryed forever so please feel sympathy

Johnny Cresong from United States
Comment 10 of 133, added on May 5th, 2005 at 3:16 PM.

lol......... sounds like my parents unclues cousion everthing!!!!.........
shigh its all so true

raymonmd robarge from United States
Comment 9 of 133, added on April 5th, 2005 at 7:11 PM.

why do you write about such sadness in the world? it's so depressing!!! it
was really touching though.... i don't know what it's like to have
grandparents because they died from neglectance from my parents....

Sanlie Auyeung from United States
Comment 8 of 133, added on January 14th, 2005 at 2:01 PM.

Boys flying kites, pull in their white-winged birds,
But you can’t do that, when you are flying words.
“Careful with fire,” is good advice, we know;
“Careful with words,” is ten times doubly so.
Thoughts unexpressed may sometimes fall back dead;
But God himself can’t kill them when they’re said.

WILL CARLETON (1845-1912)
From The First Settler’s Song.

Virginia Taylor from United States
Comment 7 of 133, added on January 14th, 2005 at 5:11 AM.

It is a beautiful poem. I almost cried after the last two lines. Reminded
me of my grandparents.

Miss Thang from Philippines
Comment 6 of 133, added on December 24th, 2004 at 11:33 AM.

This is an enlightenment about the circle of life. He has brought together
the beginning of the circle and the end of the circle in the two
characters. I think that he wants us to feel compassion for them both, but
more than that, I also think he wants us to take a good long look at what
we in our society take for granted. The amazing thing about this is, that
no matter in what stage of life we find ourselves right now, at some point
most of us have or will have the opportunity to relate to both of these
beloved people in the poem personally.

Jen from United States
Comment 5 of 133, added on November 28th, 2004 at 10:43 PM.

I just love this poem. I think it's great about grown-ups not paying
attention to their children! It's the truth!

Alicia from United States
Comment 4 of 133, added on October 22nd, 2004 at 5:27 PM.

good lord this was such a touching poem. It was sad yes but the old man and
the boy seemed as though the man was the boy when he was younger and the
boy will grow up to be the man.

Tiani 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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