Old People's Home Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


All are limitory but each has her ownA
nuance of damage The elite can dress and decent themselvesB
are ambulant with a single stick adroitC
to read a book all through or play the slow movements ofD
easy sonatas Yet perhaps their veryE
carnal freedom is their spirit's bane intelligentF
of what has happened and why they are obnoxiousG
to a glum beyond tears Then come those on wheels the averageH
majority who endure T V and led byI
lenient therapists do community singing thenJ
the loners muttering in Limbo and lastK
the terminally incompetent as improvidentK
unspeakable impeccable as the plantsL
they parody Plants may sweat profusely but neverM
sully themselves One tie though unites them allN
appeared when the world though much was awry there was moreO
spacious more comely to look at it's Old OnesP
with an audience and secular station Then a childK
in dismay with Mamma could refuge with GranQ
to be revalued and told a story As of nowR
we all know what to expect but their generationS
is the first to fade like this not at home but assignedK
to a numbered frequent ward stowed out of conscienceT
as unpopular luggageU
As I ride the subwayV
to spend half an hour with one I revisageU
who she was in the pomp and sumpture of her hey dayV
when week end visits were a presumptive joyU
not a good work Am I cold to wish for a speedyK
painless dormition pray as I know she praysW
that God or Nature will abrupt her earthly functionS

W. H. Auden


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