The  question is in respect of the Extract of Poem  "Grandfather" written by Oliver Shelley. the extract is given below:- Extract of Poem  Grandfather written by Oliver Shelley . " We are...

 The  question is in respect of the Extract of Poem  "Grandfather" written by Oliver Shelley. the extract is given below:-

 Extract of Poem  Grandfather written by Oliver Shelley .

" 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."

I want specific explanation indicating clear view of the above extract given in the chapter "GRANDFATHER."

Moreover Special significance of the words in the poem (1) LIVER-MARKED AND SHY (2) What does the poet mean by the phrase "has no end in its space, no end in its gentleness?"

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In this extract of the poem 'Grandfather' by Oliver Shelley, the poet is comparing the age of the child with the age of the senior. He details the qualities that show the age of the man he is talking about 1) old man 2) Grandfather 3) whole life 4) left to do. All these words tell us about the man and the length and breadth of his experience. The specific phrase 'liver-marked and shy' refers to the age-markings that older people begin to get on their skin. They can be like little splashes or moles of brown, especially notable on hands or face and are harmless. So, the subject of the poem has these splashes of age freckles and has a quiet, retiring personality which the poet seems to find quite charming, as the old guy does not push himself forward to get noticed - he waits for people to approach him. Readers get the feeling that he commands respect however and his face represents infinity.

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In this extract of the poem 'Grandfather' by Oliver Shelley, the poet is comparing the age of the child with the age of the senior. He details the qualities that show the age of the man he is talking about 1) old man 2) Grandfather 3) whole life 4) left to do. All these words tell us about the man and the length and breadth of his experience. The specific phrase 'liver-marked and shy' refers to the age-markings that older people begin to get on their skin. They can be like little splashes or moles of brown, especially notable on hands or face and are harmless. So, the subject of the poem has these splashes of age freckles and has a quiet, retiring personality which the poet seems to find quite charming, as the old guy does not push himself forward to get noticed - he waits for people to approach him. Readers get the feeling that he commands respect however and his face represents infinity

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