“In Memory of My Grandfather” is a poem written by Edward Storey to pay tribute to his grandfather who made a big impact on his life. It is about the good and happy memories of the boy with his grandfather. It is about a boy who is stuck inside the house because he is always sick. His grandfather visits him all the time and brings amazing stories about the outside world. The highlight of the poem is his grandfather’s visit. The poem shows us how the boy misses his grandfather so much and his stories.
The poet begins his tribute by comparing his grandfather to a tree as he says “Like an old tree and sat down”
He uses simile to emphasise that his grandfather was as big and strong as an old tree but his body was a bit hunched. It gives us the impression that his grandfather is at one with nature. He continue the idea of comparing his grandfather to nature when he describe his grandfather’s voice and hands as he says “………his voice
Rough as the bark of his cracked hands”
He emphasises that his grandfather’s voice and hands were rough. Also, the poet says that “.....His clothes reeked
Of the soil........”
This suggests that the grandfather was a farmer or someone who worked on land.
He goes on to describe how his family considers the grandfather to be a nuisance. The boy’s parents do not really want the grandfather to visit in their house. They feel like he is in the way as he says “Whenever he came it was the wrong time”
Perhaps the parents were always busy and had no time to entertain him. Also, the boy's parents think that he is a bad influence for him and he doesn't want him there. There is also a veiled criticism of his parents as he says “The house was cramped with only furniture.”
It suggests that the parents were only giving the boy material possessions not time and love. Perhaps they were always busy working, trying to buy and give the boy material things which he doesn’t need.
The boy, on the other hand, loves his...
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