Climbing my Grandfather


Climbing my Grandfather:


  • The speaker of the poem may be thinking back to his childhood and how he used to view his grandfather as a mountain to climb. Alternatively, climbing a mountain now reminds the adult speaker of his grandfather.
  • Either way, Waterhouse presents the reader with an extended metaphor, comparing an old man with a mountain.
  • By imagining his grandfather as a mountain, the speaker is able to recall clear details from his childhood.


  • Mountaineering - related vocabulary creates the extended metaphor - 'rope', 'net' 'overhanging', 'traverse', 'ice', 'ridge', 'altitude', 'summit'.
  • Childhood memories - this theme is expressed by the up-close focus on the grandfather, which concentrates on the tiny…


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