OLD FOLKS. MAYA ANGELOU.
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Saliva glistens inthe corners of their mouths,their heads wobbleon brittle necks, buttheir laps 20are filled with memories.When old folks laugh, they consider the promiseof dear painless death, and generouslyforgive life for happeningto them. 25
They have spent theircontent of simpering,holding their lips thisand that way, windingthe lines betweentheir brows. Old folksallow their bellies to jiggle like slowtambourines.The hollersrise up and spillover any way they want.When old folks laugh, they free the world.
When old folks laugh, they free the world.They turn slowly, slyly knowingthe best and the worstof remembering.
Old folks allow their bellies to jiggle like slowtambourines.
Their laughter is loud, spontaneous and uncontrolled – a sound that reflects pure joy.
When old folks laugh, they free the world.
Their lack of restraint inspires the rest of us to throw off some of the cares of the world.
When old folks laugh, they consider the promiseof dear painless death,
‘Old folks allow their bellies to jiggle like slow tambourines’
Their bellies are compared to tambourines because of the gentle movements and the sounds they make when they giggle or laugh quietly.
4. How does the diction used contribute to the theme of the poem? List and discuss a few chosen words in your answer. (3)