Lenrie Peters preoccupation in the poem: “The Panic Of Growing Older” can be considered as how some factors (time,ambition,hope,etc) affect the adult stage of human beings.
Lenrie Peters, the author of the poem, took age 20 upwards as his case study to show how the events of adulthood unfold. He revealed that a person begins adulthood with beautiful hopes:
stilled by hope
of gigantic success
Ten years later, one has gained the achievement of raising a family (which is not an achievement at all because such will surely occur as an adult), one becomes unnecessarily busy in domesticity that won’t give room of seeing the moon, one begins to suffer emotional pains due to inability to achieve exp
ected goals. He puts it this way:
with red ink
nothing to show the world”
He further explains that the scientific prove of life longevity is uncertain because “hope is not a grain of sand” since human being can die at anytime.
The poem holds the following themes: (1)Uncertainty of human future and expectations (2)Varying challenges of adulthood (3)Personal and Public expectations of adulthood (4)Captivity of being an adult
The gigantic hopes that one have at age twenty are uncertain and at the age thirty brings emotional pains due to failure. Even the prove that one will live longer enough to achieve the expectations waiting to be achieved is not certain.
As one grows through adulthood, various challenges confront one’s endeavors, affecting both the personal expectations and the public expectations (those things the world and the people around expect a person to achieve as a growing adult)
“From now on the world has you” shows that every adult is a captive or a slave to the world; one must impress with achievements to be regarded as a success.
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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
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