Grave old plodders

sami33

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arabic
Hi

Please, what does "Grave old plodders" mean in this context?:

Grave old plodders, gay young friskers,
Fathers, mothers, uncles, cousins,
Cocking tails and pricking whiskers,
Families by tens and dozens,

Source:THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN BY ROBERT BROWNING

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    American English
    The first three words contrast with the second three words:
    Grave old plodders, gay young friskers,

    Grave = solemn or serious
    Old = old
    Plodders = people who plod along (walk slowly and heavily, perhaps because of their advanced year).

    Gay = happy
    Young = young
    Friskers = people who walk with a lively, frisky step
     
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