The cold within james patrick kinney

The Cold Within

by James Patrick Kinney

What does the tattered clothes signify?

QuestionsWhat does the tattered clothes signify?
Ayan asked 4 years ago

What does ‘tattered clothes’ mean in the poem ‘The Cold Within’ by James Patrick Kinney?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 4 years ago

In James Patrick Kinney’s poem ‘The Cold Within’, ‘tattered clothes’ (old and torn clothes) indicates that the man was very poor and couldn’t afford to buy enough new clothes to keep himself warm. This heightens the contrast between him and the rich man.

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Pratyusha answered 4 weeks ago

The term “tattered clothes” refers to torn clothes. This expression symbolises that the third person was a poor man who had little money to cover himself. The poor man shook his coat or hitches his coat as to make him warmer and when he saw the rich man his mind was filled with hatred.

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Tahreem answered 4 weeks ago

The tattered clothes signify that the man was not wealthy enough to buy warm clothes 

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