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Grandfather (poem)Grandfather Our grandfather by the sea, blind. His deck chair settles our rug on the stones and his face takes sunlight like thirst. We always play games that need speaking; each of our cards and moves are told And he smiles in his taking part. We are saying our childhood to this old man and his beautiful face, liver-marked and shy, has no end in its space, no end in its gentleness, to hold a whole life of listening left to do. ( Oliver Shelley

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You can use this as an inspirational piece to get students to write similar poems.  They can write about simple everyday life, or about family members or loved ones.  It reinforces the idea that poetry reflects the beauty of life, and everything in life.

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I'm not sure what you would like to discuss about this poem. There are some truly beautiful parts to the poem such as the use of imagery "his beautiful face, liver-marked and shy". This is effective because of the juxtaposition of beauty with something most would not consider beautiful. Also the figurative language of "his face takes sunlight like thirst." The use of the word take rather than sips or drinks in is especially emphatic.

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