Analysis of Beautiful Old Age By D.H. Lawrence. This essay is on the subject matter, form, stlye and theme of the poem.

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1.Subject Matter (Content)

"Beautiful Old Age" by D.H. Lawrence is a poem that describes old age. The author depicts old age as something that is "lovely", wonderful, calm and undisturbed.

We would feel as though we have completed most of our lives. We would have already fulfilled our duties as a man. We would have experienced the ups and downs of life and look forward to more settled days.

We would be happy in our old age if we had lived our lives with outmost honesty. A life "lived undaunted and unsoured with accepted lies." This would make us feel at peace with ourselves when we live through our old age.

Old people should be more relaxing and comforting. They have already grown tired of love. The peak of their lives is over. The spring and summer of their lives have passed and what is left for them is the peaceful autumn before the arrival of the harsh winter (death).

When we grow old, we become "richer". Not richer in material possessions but richer in experience. We would have lived through the trials and tribulations of life. We might have faced hardships along the way, but they help us to live a truly complete life. Our children would look at us in awe and respect.

2.Form(Type, Structure and Pattern)

This poem is a free verse poem. It is not under any category. The poem has a total of five stanzas but there is no definite number of sentences in each stanza. None of the sentences rhymes and thus cannot be read in a "song-song" manner. Instead the slow and steady pace, brings out the calm and quiet feelings of the old people.

In the first stanza, the sentences do not "run-on" but are "separate" in terms of meaning.