You Are Old Father William

"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?

by Lewis Carroll Click to read full poem

Comments (10)

it's wondrously balanced on the edge of reality, but never falls off either side! i love it
the way I heard it was: You are old, Father William, and your teeth are beginning to freeze. Your favorite daughter has wheels in her head and the chickens are pecking your knees.
The poem of which this is a parody is 'The Old Man's Comforts and How He Gained Them' by Robert Southey. Carroll's parody version is recited in his 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865)
Is this a parody of a poem by Wordsworth?
pity about the spelling mistakes
I love this poem, it is written very cleverly and it is very funny.
Beautiful poem though I was expecting a better ending. Some wise message perhaps. Love it though.
Lewis Carroll noted for his novel, Alice in the Wonderland meant for children mostly show his valour as comic story writer in this poem also by a small conversation between father and son!
Feisty old buggar! I'd say Mr. Carroll was in a rather whimsical mood when he wrote this. I'm sure it was written to get some chuckles from children... I particularly enjoyed how the old man came to strengthen his jaw. If this were true then I should be able to crack walnuts with my own!
This poem is so cute! I love it!