A Child to his Sick Grandfather (Poetic Voice (Reflective, Personal , Sad,…
A Child to his Sick Grandfather
With glittering swords- you nod, I think?
Story cut off- Grandad dies? Never gets to the end of the story
"men all clad in coats of mail"
Heroic- Represents his Grandad as his hero?
Imagery of Knights
"You love a story, dad?"
Stories passed down- Cycle of life
Worried that he is not listening or that he is dead
"I have a tale both long and good,/ About a partlet and her brood,/ And cunning greedy fox that stole"
Telling grandfather stories- Reversal of roles?
Grandfather being 'stolen' away by his illness (Metaphorical)
Fox represents death
"I'll sit and talk with you
Doesn't want to regret not doing it
"And when the weary fire turns blue,"
Metaphor for Grandfather's death
Grandad fading like the fire
Poem shows naivety
Desperate for his Grandad to stay- Trying to convince him
The child is compassionate and desperate. He just wants his Grandad to get better
"Rouse up and be our dad again."
Shows some regret
Uses imperative- trying to take control of the situation
"You will not die and leave us then?"
He is seeking assurance
"And everybody looks so sad,"
Shows the massive impact on the community
"How lank and thin your beard hangs down!/ Scant are the white hairs on your crown; / How wan and hollow are your cheeks!
Shows how the Grandad's physical appearance is alarming
Early Romantic poem
By Joanna Baille
May explain some of the words and abbreviations used
A Child's voice
"Your knobbed stick (that was my horse)/ Can scarce support your bended corse"
'support' may also refer to other support that the Grandad has given to the child
Shows the difference between past and present
Shows contrast through Antithesis
Monosyllabic and simple words capture child's voice and way of speaking
Directly adresses him
Possibly the grandad was more of a father figure to this child
Captures child's voice
Switching- can't process what is happening
Shows child's train of thought
Sestet (6 lines per stanza (Verse) mostly single sentences
Active Poetic Voice
Shows that the child is trying to take control of the situation and wants to help