«You are old, Father William»

Our teacher pilar, asked us to choose an extract from our lending library and explain it.

`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 might 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, And have grown most uncommonly fat; Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door– Pray, what is the reason of that?’

`In my youth,’ said the sage, as he shook his grey locks, `I kept all my limbs very supple By the use of this ointment–one shilling the box– Allow me to sell you a couple?’

`You are old,’ said the youth, `and your jaws are too weak For anything tougher than suet; Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak– Pray how did you manage to do it?’

`In my youth,’ said his father, `I took to the law, And argued each case with my wife; And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw, Has lasted the rest of my life.’

`You are old,’ said the youth, `one would hardly suppose That your eye was as steady as ever; Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose– What made you so awfully clever?’

`I have answered three questions, and that is enough,’ Said his father; `don’t give yourself airs! Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff? Be off, or I’ll kick you down stairs!’

«That is not said right,» said the Caterpillar.  
«Not quite right, I’m afraid,» said Alice timidly;
«some of the words have got altered.» 
«It is wrong from beginning to end,» 
said the Caterpillar decidedly, and 
there was silence for some minutes.

I chose this extract because it´s very catchy. It has a lot of rhymes and it is very interesting when you read it. In this part of the story Alice is afraid of changing size. The Caterpillar says that it isn´t confusing changing size. Here is the example of the chrysalis. Alice asks the Caterpillar if he is going to feel it a little queer and he answers that he won´t. In this poem happens the same this. The youth is telling his father that he is very old. His father tells him that when he was youth, he has fears to grow and that he doesn´t have to give himself affairs.