• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The poems you have studied focus on the issue of age. Discuss the various attitudes presented in “Tithonus” and two of the modern poems and compare how the poets present their views. With which views do you most sympathise?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Poems "The poems you have studied focus on the issue of age. Discuss the various attitudes presented in "Tithonus" and two of the modern poems and compare how the poets present their views. With which views do you most sympathise? I have chosen to base my writing on "Tithonus" a pre - 20th Century poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson, about a man who wanted so much to be with his love Aurora and is now paying the price of eternal life. "Warning recent poem written by Jenny Jones, based upon a woman talking to her husband saying how much she wants to be old and carefree. ...read more.

Middle

So Tithonus is forever, stuck in a body withering away every second. Tennyson attitude to old age in the case of Tithonus is one of gloom and misery. He would much rather die, this would mean freedom from his frail body and happiness as his nightmare would be over and he would be able to have the ability to die like any normal man. He develops the theme of the story by comparing himself with nature, the woods symbolise the death he craves so passionatly with comparrisons such as: -"I wither slowly in thine arms", the word wither reminds us of a leaf falling from a tree like the tree Tithonus body is decaying.Twice he compares himself to a shadow of his former self: - "A white-hair'd shadow roaming like a dream" also the word roaming suggests he has nothing to do. ...read more.

Conclusion

Being a godess she is immortal so she will never age this is a problem for Tithonus who has to live each day wondering does she love me or pity me: - "Lo!, ever thus thou growest beautiful in scilence, then before thine answer given Departest, and thy tears are on my cheek." The tone of the story is one of anger and despair. As the story is being written from Tithonus point of view he is very distrought as he cannot live a normal life, he will be forever ageing and is unable to do anything about it. Example of his anger: - "Let me go take back thy gift." He is annoyed that he is unable to have a normal human life. Example of his despair: - " ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Alfred Lord Tennyson section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Alfred Lord Tennyson essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Compare and Contrast Tithonus and Ulysses.

    4 star(s)

    Both poems are Rhetorical insofar as that they attempt to change something; however despite the cause of both men's troubles being the same they desire contrary results; Tithonus desperately wants to be at one with the common man and die, he is already on the verge of nothingness: 'A white

  2. Peer reviewed

    "What are the poetic skills Tennyson uses in his narrative poems?"

    3 star(s)

    An example of personification can be seen in stanza 1 line 5, "The broken sheds look'd sad and strange" (stanza 1 line 5) This is personification as Tennyson brings a shed to life by giving it feelings. There are also many alliterations in Mariana and can be noticed throughout the poem, "Wooing winds" (stanza 7 line 3)

  1. Compare and Contrast Ulysses and Tithonus Josh Benson LSM ww Ulysses and Tithonus are ...

    Both poems are written in Iambic Pentameter but Tithonus and Ulysses have contrasting feels to them. Tithonus is very slow and the open vowels give the feeling of self pity and unhappiness. In contrast Ulysses is very quick and full of energy, directly related to the character of Ulysses and the life he craves.

  2. Alfred Lord Tennysons In Memoriam contains many theological elements debating the confusion between science ...

    The path to God has become dark; Tennyson cannot see Him or the way to get to Him. God, who is represented as a deity of light, has become enveloped in darkness. God is no longer a beacon of hope to the Victorians, but an unknowable void.

  1. "Consider the context of Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott' and analyse the presentation of ...

    of love, such as unrequited love, particularly the embowered or isolated woman; the woman dying for love, and gives up everything for love; special tainted or cursed woman and the dead woman of unique beauty. In part one of the narrative poem 'The Lady of Shallot' Tennyson sets the scene.

  2. Why does Alfred Lord Tennyson Make Arthurian world look like the Golden Age?

    This poem also shows the negative side to being a perfect knight. It shows that a knight must give up all bliss to keep his loyalty and honour to his country. By doing this, it gives Sir Galahad a rather dull personality.

  1. Write an essay on Tithonus: how far does Tennyson convey the experience of Tithonus?

    When we look at this urge more closely, we see that its inability to be fulfilled leads to a sense of loss, and a figure like Tithonus emerges. The constant desire for posterity and exploration eats away at Tithonus and Tennyson represents this as a curse of sorts: the myth

  2. Discussing 'Mariana' and 'The Lady of Shallot' by Alfred lord Tennyson.

    by itself, it needs Mariana to help it so it can be free just like Mariana needs her lover to return and free her from her longing. This is a sharp contrast to the way the tower and Camelot are described in 'the lady of shallot'.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work