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Father William

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'You are old, father William,' the young man said,
'And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head -
Do you think, at your age, it is right?'

'In my youth,' father William replied to his son,
'I feared it would injure the brain;
But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.'
'You are old,' said the youth, 'as I mentioned before,
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Kate Lechoe 06 December 2015
Nice poem. Changes as one grows.
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A. Madhavan 06 December 2015
Glad this poem was chosen by PH for our reading pleasure today. It is one of my favourites in the Alice adventures. It rivals the White Knight who sang of a plan to dye one's whiskers green, And always use so large a fan That they could not be seen. Dream, trance, mirror-image, reality are imperceptibly connected, as philosophers and psychologists and poets have found. Lewis Carroll hints at a parody of Wordsworth in this nonsense-poem. It has retained some of its childlike humour over 150 years. AM
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Edward Kofi Louis 06 December 2015
I took to the law; and, that hat made me what i am today. Nice work.
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Susan Williams 06 December 2015
I never was a fan of Alice in Wonderland or Lewis Carroll or his humor-so this piece does not attract me in any way. This being so, I cannot add any worthwhile comment here. Though I wish someone could tell me what is so enjoyable about his writings
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Kim Barney 06 December 2015
This is NOT a conversation between father and son, as Ratnakar would discover if he read it again carefully. It's from Alice in Wonderland.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 06 December 2015
Beautiful story unfolded through the conversation of father and son. Enjoyed the poem. Thanks for sharing.
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