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Tichborne's elegy

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Ben Gilkes Tichborne's elegy Charles Tichborne himself wrote Tichborne's elegy, in the tower before his execution. The poem reflects his feeling that he has lived a life but it has been useless, as fate had always intended him to die this way. In the first stanza he compares his attributes to many bad things in his world "my prime of youth is but a frost of cares," this line illustrates that he should have been enjoying his life now rather than worrying about his death. ...read more.


is demonstrating that even though his life has happened it was nothing, another quote that backs up this point is "I saw the world, and yet I was not seen". "My fruit has fallen, and yet my leaves are green;" shows that he is still young yet the prime of his life has passed. "My thread has been cut, and yet it is not spun;" illustrates the idea that Tichborne's life has been given to him but it has not been fulfilled. The third and final stanza talks about how his life had been decided to end this way even before he was ...read more.


"I looked for life and saw it was a shade" this is show the same meaning as the line before but in this case he has lived his life and only created ghosts. The repetition of "and now I live, and now my life is done." At the end of each stanza reinforces his feeling that now he is in the tower about to die he is alive, but he doesn't have anything to live for. Nick and me chose this poem because it was of a manageable length and it showed a lot of interesting imagery and ideas. ...read more.

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