Analysis The Panic of Growing Older by Lenrie Peters

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The Panic of Growing Older by Lenrie Peters

Analysis The Panic of Growing Older by Lenrie Peters

The Panic of Growing Older is a poem that can be categorized under growth and living. Its context is partly scientific and mainly biological since biology is the study of all life or living matters.

This poem is a creative effort of Lenrie Peters (1932 – 2009), a multi talented Gambian citizen who was widely known to be an author, a singer, a broadcaster, and to crown it all; a medical doctor.

The poem tabled the human sequences of aging and its accompanied fear. An adult in his twenties_ uses his one sided view of life, to occupy himself with sweet simple fantasized gigantic expectations until he clocks thirty and then reality begins to set in. All the simple expectations and hopes seem hard to attain while aging approach quicker than blinks.

With the sincere tone of the poem, a sober mood of realization is created through the 32 lines of the poem; in which the 8 stanzas are quatrains mostly linked by enjambments.

Stanzaic summary:-
Stanza 1 means that the fear of aging increases by year. Stanza 2 implies that one will be filled with sweet hope at twenty. Stanza 3 says the expectations began to wane. Stanza 4 adds more implication of growing older where one has long hours of working. Stanza 5, little or no result for those hard works. Stanza 6; except have children which is not even a big deal at all. Stanza 7 speaks of the uncertainty of having a long life. Stanza 8 says that the uncertainty further makes humans highly unsatisfied in comparison between all that has been achieved and those yet to be achieved.

Preoccupation Of Lenrie Peters In The Panic Of Growing Older

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The Panic of Growing Older in Relationship to Religion:-
If we allude to the bible, procreation according to Genesis 1:28 which says “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it” can be seen from line 21-23 “Three children perhaps/ the world expects/ it of you”. Hard labour and life struggles according to Genesis 3:19 which says “in the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread till thou return into the ground” instance of such can be seen in lines 13-16 “Legs cribbed/ in domesticity allow/ no sudden leaps/ at the moon”. Mortality and death according to Ecclesiastes 9:5 which says “for the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten” such Bible verse can also be related to lines 25-28 in the poem “But science gives hope/ of twice three score/ and ten. Hope/ is not a grain of sand”, etc.

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