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The two poems A Crabbit Old Woman and My Grandmother portray the experience of ageing in very different ways In A Crabbit Old Woman the poem is written from the old womans perspective when My Grandmother is written from the narrators point of view The beginning of the poem The Crabbit Old Woman starts when the woman is old in a nursing home and she is expressing her annoyance at the nursesWhat do you see nurses When youre looking at meThe old woman then tells us about each stage and change of her life When she does she uses brief descriptions in the short lineA bride now at twentyMy heart gives a leapThis suggests that she seems regretful that life has passed so quickly and she had wished she had stopped at the time to enjoy what she had During and at the end of the poem a variation of the following lines is repeatedIs that what your thinkingIs that what you seeThen open your eyesYoure not looking at meThis draws in the attention because it is like the poet is really asking the reader the question and gives the reader a chance to think about what has just been said The tone changes frequently during the poem even when she is describing the life she loved there are a few lines that almost seem to bring the fantasy back to realityAnd accept the stark factThat nothing can last In the poem My Grandmother the lines are longer and a much more advanced and detailed vocabulary is used to describe the imagery in the poemAmong Apostle spoons and Bristol glassThe faded silks the heavy furnitureAlthough there is more detail expressed in this poem simple words are still used but still manage to retain the deep meaning that can easily be understood by anyone I think this is used to try and create an understanding of how the Grandmother valued all of her material items
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