I hope it inspires her to enjoy more fully, the rest of her life! Claire, you are such a great inspiration to all of us! You can get away with most things and all people will do is call you eccentric! You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat And eat three pounds of sausages at a go Or only bread and pickle for a week And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes. Licensed to Elizabeth Lucas Designs Lighthearted fun. What stands out is perhaps the monotonous tone given in the third stanza. On one of Jenny Joseph's trips to California to meet with Elizabeth Lucas, she was also invited to take part in Long Beach's Literary Women's Day and Jenny was honored for her poem as well as for being the first writer from abroad. I shall go out in my slippers in the rain And pick the flowers in other people's gardens And learn to spit.
Luckily, the kids need both, so thank goodness there are women like us around! Both poems reflect on past life, however I feel that Warning is mostly about looking to the future and has a more positive outlook. My husband and I are extremely late bloomers marrage, house ownership, and parenthoodwise. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the significance of colour, I would just point out that purple has always been considered a royal colour. This is a monologue about a woman who is describing how she wants to be when she grows old. I kept hearing the start of this poem in my head and knew I just had to look up the words. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter. Because together we can do so much! A lifelong non-conformist, an early love of horses gave way to motorbikes at 21, and I now also race them occasionally in the company of my 57-year-old husband aka the Hairy Appendage.
How she will spend her old age. People usually pretend to be young always and try to postpone old age. For now, she must live the life of expected sobriety but, when she reaches old age she is determined to let respectability fly to the wind. In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek and fun way, Jenny Joseph conveys a serious message for all, to never take ourselves too seriously or lose the twinkle in our eyes. So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. You'll be glad you did! All of this has been in the spirit of good fun! The fourth stanza is simply someone teasing her audience. I shall go out in my slippers in the rain And pick flowers in other people's gardens And learn to spit.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now? Each time i presented it, there was not a dry eye in the house. I have been looking everywhere!!! When I miss my mother I read this to myself to get a chuckle. Purple also represents wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic! I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells And run my stick along the public railings And make up for the sobriety of my youth. Is she actually wearing dazzling blouses and skyrocketing her cholesterol count? But now we must have clothes that keep us dry And pay our rent and not swear in the street And set a good example for the children. Autoplay next video When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
Following my last -and successful so far — round of spinal surgery, I chopped my grey locks and dyed them purple! And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter. Joseph champions the idea that eccentricity in old age is becoming and that she looks forward to when her time comes. She was first published in the 1950s and Warning was voted the most popular post-war in 1996. Conclusion Jenny Joseph deserves a big applause for her success in presenting old age as a positive experience. March 9, 2013 Debra, as an ex-hippie, rebel who shocked my conservative Italian family going braless, letting my hair grow down my back, wore cut-a-way jeans and short shirts and rode my bike bare-footed and carefree.
On the first Sunday of each month, I curate a free newsletter about people doing phenomenal things in their 40s and beyond. Copies of this poem were pinned up everywhere and it became a kind of institution!! As a wheel chair bound 64 yr. Many women's groups have been formed based on the theme of the poem. Standing opposed to conformity seems to be the overarching theme of this Joseph poem. So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
The first weeks after I moved here I went out every day looking for a home to buy. And being desperately unfunny to boot. Middle She foresees the freedom of being old, when people will stop expecting her to behave in a responsible manner. She thinks that when she becomes old she will wear the dress that does not suits her like a purple dress with a red hat. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandles, and say we've no money for butter.
The poet writes this poem in free verse. I certainly don't mind at all. Though the poem sounds very simple, its fame increased rapidly. Do you recognize this poem? But maybe I ought to practice a little now? When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me. When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
By the way, i wear all the purple i can get my hands on, and create as much havoc a possible. I shall go out barefoot in the rain And pick the flowers in other peoples' gardens And be a perfect curmudgeon. But maybe I ought to practice a little now? You are why I run this blog, month after month, year after year, with no advertising and just the occasional book to defray costs. Be the reason someone smiles today! Because of copyright restrictions and a specific request from the author, we are unable to publish the entire poem on this web site. Patrons help my friend Little Red Bear and me to continue this as an ad-free site, dedicated solely to entertainment and educational purposes. A framed copy was given to me for my 70th birthday and has been an inspiration ever since.