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The Title Of Wyatt Prunty?S Poem, ?Elderly Lady Crossing On

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The title of Wyatt Prunty?s poem, ?Elderly Lady Crossing on Green?, describes the experience of a revengeful speaker. He tells how you should not to help that little old lady to cross the street. Then, he goes on to explain himself by saying that she used to be a nasty person who drove her car without any consideration for the pedestrians. In fact, she ?would have run you flat as paint / To make the light before it turned on her.? Finally, the speaker shows explains the woman?s horrible personality by saying that she has been lonely and unloved all of her life. In keeping with the speaker?s revengeful tone, the diction Prunty uses is related to these ideas of the old woman?s cruelty, ...view middle of the document...

The final metaphor in the last stanza (?she?s a small tug on the tidal swell?) shows that the speaker feels that even though she thinks that she?s very important (?doing well?), in reality she?s nothing. The unconventional point of view of the speaker not to have pity for an elderly woman is supported in a conventional rhyme scheme. The first four stanzas have the second and fourth lines rhyme, while the last stanza has the first two and the last two lines rhyme. All these words complement the speaker?s revengeful tone. There is a shift in the speaker?s imagery in the very first stanza. The title suggests that a little old lady is crossing the street and someone should help her do this. The first stanza, however, tells you that the speaker doesn?t want anyone to help this old woman ? no matter how much help she needs. This thought shifts into an explanation at the end of the third line of the first stanza with a dash. The speaker then moves on to explain that his reason for not wanting to help this woman is because she was a careless creature in her youth. At the end of the first line of the fourth stanza, the speaker makes another shift. The speaker then explains why the woman was so mean. His reasoning is that she never had anyone to care for her or to care for (?never widow, wife, mother, or a bride?). He ends the poem by saying...

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