Study Guide

The Last Words of My English Grandmother Stanza 2

By William Carlos Williams

Stanza 2

Lines 5-8

Wrinkled and nearly blind
she lay and snored
rousing with anger in her tones
to cry for food,

  • The speaker sketches in the details of what his grandmother looks like. When he calls her "Wrinkled and nearly blind," we can really see how shriveled and old she must be. 
  • The description of her snoring isn't exactly flattering, either, but hey—we do it sometimes, too. 
  • When the grandmother wakes up, she's ticked off and demands some food (which, yeah, we've been known to do as well). 
  • The fact that the speaker chooses to say "anger in her tones" almost makes us think his grandmother isn't even speaking really words when she first wakes up. She's just kind of moaning and generally agitated. 
  • All in all, the details in this stanza add up to show a woman who is very old and perhaps confused.
  • It seems likely that she's near the end of her life. Bummer.

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