Summary And Subject Matter Of The Panic Of Growing Older By Lenrie Peters
or she observes the world. Such an individual engages the world at his
or her youthfulness. As the years tick away like a clock, there is a
growing awareness that one "from year to year" is growing older. Thus,
"panic spreads" its "fluttering wings" round its victim.
At the age of twenty, one swims in hope and expectation of a
successful future. At thirty, one is quite healthy such that if one
were to be visited by pain nothing would show in the laboratory tests.
About this age, perhaps, one has been involved in marriage during
which "legs cribbed in domesticity", and there is no more room for
junketing or dancing around. It may be because of the enormous
responsibility of raising a family. This is followed by a period of
evaluation which may be akin to a "copybook" filled with "red ink and
failures"; one even realizing that there is "nothing to show the
The individual may have begotten "three children" which is not a big
deal since there is "no specialist's effort" required to procreate.
Science gives the hope of longevity, of doubling human lifespan but
hope is not something tangible, an object one can hold on to. The
satisfaction may not be there since expectation may not yet have been
achieved. At the point "the world has you," one may be weak or
defeated as in a wrestling contest.
Article Source:- (A literature-in-English textbook for WAEC or WASSCE)