Essay about Forever Young in the Poem Old Man Dreams by Oliver Holmes

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In the poem, “The Old Man Dreams” by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Holmes demonstrated that an old man craved to be young again. Holmes supports his message by writing the poem as an extended metaphor by comparing youth to old age. At the end of the stanzas, he reveals that the old man didn't just want to be a young boy again, but he also wanted to be a father and a husband, too. In conclusion, one can understand that the theme of Holmes’ poem is to be forever young and to be with his loved ones. Oliver Wendell Holmes used imagery, symbolism and rhyme scheme to illustrate the character’s desire to be young again. One can also believe that the purpose of this poem was to display the hunger of youthfulness for which the man lust for.This …show more content…

The intention is to pull the reader in by showing how fun and bright youth is. He used rainbow instead of black to appeal to the reader that being young is a pleasant time. He also revealed in this quote that the old man wanted to be a husband and a father again, too. This part in the poem foreshadows that the old man wants to be young again because when he was younger, he had a wife and child.Therefore, one can infer that the old man probably lost his loved ones, or maybe something happened between them when he got older. Holmes also used imagery to describe the angel in this poem. He used an angel because an angel symbolizes power and greatness. Holmes did not use a genie because a genie would of tricked him or messed up his wish; that is why he used something that represented purity like an angel.Throughout this poem, Holmes also only used bright and appealing words to bestow the love and desire the old man wanted for youth. However, when Holmes was describing old age, he used dull and depressing words, so one could feel static about old age and feel bias towards youth. On another note, Holmes did a great job by expressing his overall theme with the use of imagery.

Holmes also used symbols to express his theme in this poem. For example, “Tear out life’s Wisdom-written page…” (famouspoetsandpoems). Holmes was using life as a symbol in this example. Throughout this poem, Holmes is not only just talking about

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