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Wrinkled Child of Grave by MDJ

From the hints of oppositions of Wrinkled and Child, and the supporting detail of the word Grave, the poem can be about a childish old man who died alone and forsaken. 


A person, man or woman, came to experience childhood in a very fun and memorable way. They bloom and educate themselves as they grow and they can come up to make decisions, reckless or not. They were filled with love and joyous experiences. However, once they grow old and finally fulfilled their passion and responsibilities in life, they were treated as useless, disgusting, filthy, incapable, vulnerable, and an almost expired being that is to be ignored. They spend their old lives treated as outcast and a huge obligation to the people they love, therefore, they try to be productive so they won’t left alone in institutions. Sadly, they were sent there until they aged more and got sick with no loving familiar hands to hold them before they leave. They are described as old, irritating, impatient people that causes them to react childish. They cry out loud when they are in need, like a child calling for attention, but they were abandoned and hated by those they cared and loved most. Until their fate was accepted and once they die, they will be mourned by for a day but later on will be forgotten.


The poem tries to point out the difficulties and tragic experiences of aged people from how they are being ignored and perceived by the society as filthy, irritating, takes a lot of patience and weight on their shoulders. It points out the view of the misfortune of old people as they were always compared to the muds of earth and how most people gave them their fate that they draw nearer to death and it is a normal fact that should be accepted to move on instantly. It also compares them to the acts of children, of how much attention they requires and how sensitive their emotions are, which is called the second childishness wherein they get to experience how they were before. Another point if view, the old people are drawing near to oblivion and to the ground of their grave, and it is a fact that they already accepted to face with, however mostly, they do not get to spend much time with their loved ones because of the divided attention. Lastly, the other sad truth is that, the ones that they love most and care about, are the ones that hurt them and abandoned them.

There are no rhyming pattern implied in this type of poem because it is a modernized form that consists of free verse.

There are unusual and significant words used in the poem such as Gazeth, thy, thee, thou, doth, hath, oblivion because those are the words appropriate to intensify the imagery and the poetic being of itself. It is included to perfect the thought of Old english and to add the intensity of emotions intertwined to the poem. Those words convey the meaning of how life experiences change through time .

The poetic devices that can be found in the poem are allegory, enjambment, imagery, rhyme, mood, rhythm, theme, symbol and connotation.

Step 4: Attitude

And a heart that beats reckless of dangerous desires

Doth thy young time were cherished?

Before long when that wrinkled your soul

And your scent compared to the mud of earth

Hath you laugh on the bed of grass and embraced the strength of trees?

Before you wet your ruby cheeks of fear and forlorn

Minutes turn to hours, hours to years then gone

Step 5: Shift

The poem shifted in topic and mood after describing the life of a young person and how she used to be beautiful, wild and free until she aged and experienced to be ignored and not care about. The transition moved slightly quick after describing of a black hair to gray and the youth achieved wrinkles. Also, the length of lines became a little shorter as it goes but it only depends upon the needs of words.

Step 6: Title

The ‘Wrinkled Child of Grave’ refers to the experience of second childishness once a person aged. This title is appropriate to use for the poem because the title itself names the content. It is about the old people who suffers to second chidishness and is abandoned instead of being taken care of until it is left alone to die and merely mourn of. Also, it revolves around the sad perception of society to old people as filthy, obligation, irritating and wrinkled without really considering the sensitive emotions of the latter.

Step 7: Theme

The literal subject of the poem is the old persona who presents the transition of life from a young, beautiful and free character to an old saggy being who is a much of obligation and a test of patience.

The abstract is all about the inevitable marching of time that leads us all to death and pain as well as the quick transition of our life that made us feel nostalgic and look back at the past once we were in the present. Furthermore, the sad truth of how the majority of old people are being treated and perceived by those who are capable of taking care of themselves, plus, the sorrow of the old people has to go through as they starte to get lost in oblivion.

The poem tries to magnify the effects of being products of time that it states the perspectives of the persona when it sees how old people are not being taken care of when it tries to get a lot of patience, and how mostly of their death became melancholic when they have to close their eyes on their deathbeds with no hand to hold on to before leaving.

The theme of the poem is all about life and its three main stages wherein it presents birth, growth, age and death. It tackles about the preparations of an old man or woman while peeing on the ground, crying of hunger and longing for love. This also feautures the second childishness that they attain through time and how they accepted their faith to die alone without the sight of their loved ones during or after their suffering.

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