The Nine Ages Of Man Analysis

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Throughout the life of an individual, the typical number that characterizes a person and his abilities is his age. The age of a person is the deciding factor of what they are competent to do. This is supported best in “The Nine Ages of Man”, written by F. Emerson Andrews in which Andrews describes the cycle of life and shares his keen perspective on how age directly correlates with what a person could or could not do. The quote “Age is but a number” seems to be a bit dishonest according to Andrews’ perspective. I, too, disagree with this quote mainly due to the fact that if age is not a number, then what does it really describe? Everything has a purpose, so it has to mean something. Lewis Carroll, the writer of “Father William”, seems…show more content…
Starting with “Father William” by Lewis Carroll, this poem consists of eight stanzas. Each of these stanzas are made up of four lines. It follows a certain pattern in its entirety with the son asking questions in all the odd stanzas, and Father William replying to those questions in the even ones. The poem contains all of the five elements needed to become a story: setting, plot, characters, conflict, and theme. Therefore, this poem is a form of narrative poetry. It can be categorized as a part of nonsense poetry as well. On the other hand, F. Emerson Andrews’ poem, “The Nine Ages of Man”, has a different framework. This poem encompasses the human lifespan into nine stages. Each stage is concentrated into a short phrase, eventually becoming one word. This is not a narrative poem but a short poem that keeps its message and structure very simple for anyone to get. These are the different structures that each of the two poems have. The content between the two poems also has their differences. The narrative poem “Father William” depicts a conversation between a young man and his father, who is known as Father William. It is a parody in which the writer describes the age gap between an elder and his curious son. By contrast, “The Nine Ages of Man” does not show a direct character but shows a pattern in the use of words that corresponds with the timespan of a…show more content…
If it were to be one that would make the most sense, it would be “The Nine Stages of Man” by F. Emerson Andrews. The reason being is that the saying, “Age is but a number” can be immoral and cause ethical issues. For instance, the fifth verse of “The Nine Stages of Man” says, “not old enough” and the sixth verse says, “old enough”. It could be possible that it is talking about marriage. Is it right for a 6-year old to marry a 30-year old? If you go by the quote, “Age is but a number”, it is. But if you go by the moral codes, it is not. In addition, in “The Nine Ages of Man”, the first verse says, “Not old enough to know better”. Would you blame a newly walking 1-year old child entirely for knocking over a vase? If age is just a number, then it would be their fault since their age would have nothing to do with what they did. Not to mention that if age is simply a number, would you allow a young child watch PG-13 or even rated R movies on their own? Even the chance of getting an illness depends on your age. Surprisingly, Lewis Carroll, the poet of “Father William”, died of an illness that mainly affected elders. But then again, some would go on about how Father William was able to do stuff that was not entitled to his age. However, it should be kept in mind that Father William is only one person and there are elders who cannot do as much as he could. Of course, the saying, “Age

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