"and he's well brought up. See, he answers
nicely when spoken to.
Man or beast, that's good manners.
Be sure that you both always do" (Bishop 49).
I like this poem because it talks about manners. It is about teaching a child manners. The grandfather teaches the child.
The fact that he says "man or beast" means that everyone can have good manners, no matter what they do or who they are.
The poem has a good teaching towards a younger child. I personally think that teaching kids at a young age manners is a good path to take because they'll remember them.
Elizabeth Bishop must have wrote this poem for a specific reason. The real reason no one knows.
Maybe her grandfather is the one that sat her down and said "Be sure to remember to always speak to everyone you meet' (48).
The fact that the child looks up to of their grandfather is a huge part life. I know my grandparents a huge part of my life and they have taught me so many things and manners and everything about life. How about everyone else's grandparents? Who did you learn your manners from?