Contrasting and comparing Elegy for himself by Chidock Tichbourne and Epitaph by Sir Walter Ralegh.

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English GCSE coursework on contrasting and comparing Elegy for himself by Chidock Tichbourne and Epitaph by Sir Walter Ralegh

Both poems explore the emotions and visions that both men had prior to their executions. Tichbournes poem is very pesimistic, for example his last  line says, "and now I live, and now my life is done".He feels he has his life ahead of him and feels his life has had no cause,whereas Ralegh is opptomistic, as though he believes he is going on to a better place, like he knows he has lived his life and it is now time for him to go elsewhere. Ralegh says in his last line,"The Lord shall raise me up, I trust" this proving that he felt that God would look after him in his afterlife and that he had total faith in this.

        Tichbourne relates most of his poetic devices to nature, for example;"My crop of corn is but a field of tares" and "My fruit is fall'n and yet my leaves are green" these both describe the theme that seems to run through the poem that Tichbourne feels he is too young to die and the feeling of emptiness and self pity.On the other hand Ralegh's poem is very simple, short and to the point. He accepts his death and has alot of trust that God will protect him. He reffers in his poem to many religous terms or  uses words that are used in the bible and in the christian faith that relate to the afterlife. For example,"And from which earth,and grave, and dust" (ashes to ashes and dust to dust)

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        Tichbournes poem is a very selfish poem with alot of My's and I's whereas Ralegh's is very reflective as he talks much of time and the way his time has come and that life is almost like a book, and his ending has been written,"Shuts up the story of our days".

        Tichbournes poem has some very interesting poetic devices. In the first line he uses personification,"My prime of youth is but a frost of cares" with the frost underlining his cold feelings towards his ominant death.In the second line he uses imagery,"my feast of joy is but a dish ...

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