Throughout William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 73, there is a consistent theme. The theme is of impending death and the nature that Shakespeare is aging. In the poem, it seems that he is talking to a younger man and explaining what it is like to grow old. It also seems that he is trying desperately to hang on to his youth. He uses different metaphors throughout the sonnet to relate to the way he is aging and moving fiercely towards death.
Explication of T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" In T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," the author is establishing the trouble the narrator is having dealing with middle age. Prufrock(the narrator) believes that age is a burden and is deeply troubled by it.. His love of some women cannot be because he feels the prime of his life is over. His preoccupation with the passing of time characterizes the fear of aging he has.
In this poem Yeats is a bitter man angry about the way his woman would not marry him. He goes to say some harsh things in a lovey way and tends to get his point across. His poem begins by saying on page 1140 lines 1-2, “When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book,” Here Yeats disc... ... middle of paper ... ...nge. Here Yates confuses by stating that he doesn’t want to change, but as a human change is always at hand even after death. In conclusion, Yeats enjoys the idea of change and changelessness within the world.
Though threw the poem Elliot does not clarify where Prufrock is actually speaking from. It seems that maybe he is an old man, looking back and reminiscing about his life and the times he had, or possibly Prufrock is talking to someone else, but more likely, only himself. He could be trying to ask himself a question. Prufrock as the narrator is misleading and confusing, also distracting to the main point. The whole poem he is side tracked telling tails of his past irrelevant to ‘the overwhelming question’, the entire reason for the ... ... middle of paper ... ...es within his unnecessary self-consciousness.
The narrator is preoccupied with the passing of time and often thinks of tranquil, imaginary places to elude his plaguing thoughts of social ostracism. The theme of this poem, suggesting from the era of time and the narrator's tone, is that age is a burden and man is deeply troubled by it. The author is stating the trouble the narrator is having dealing with middle age and the inhibition to communicate. There are several meanings in the poem that suggest this. Eliot uses the words, 'And how should I begin?
Throughout the Elizabethan and Romantic era, time and nature are themes that are ever-present in the great poetry of the period. Although the poets presented this idea in different ways, it was clear that time and nature were major influences on each man’s writing and that each of them were, in a sense, extremely frustrated by the concept of time. It appeared to me that each poet, in some form, felt empty and unaccomplished, and they all consider as true that time is not on their side. In Shakespeare’s Sonnet LXXIII, the poet is an older man comparing his life to such things as night and day, the four seasons, and as a fire in a fire. Shakespeare uses these images to show us just how quickly time passes.
T S Eliot's Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock The Love Song is the lifetime of laments that one old-aged man remembers, which consist of his past failures. He then puts them into the context of his now-meaningless life to try to comprehend the significance and compensate for his loneliness. Through Eliot's rich imagery and excellent use of Poetic Language, Prufrock's explanation of his memories, his experiences and most importantly, his feelings (most of which are doubt) come alive in this poem. Prufrock's dichotomy lies in not only his fear of socilisation but also the underlying misconception that he can change the SORDID State his life is in. On the one hand, Prufrock says "And indeed there will be time...yet for a hundred indecisions and for a hundred visions and revisions..."meaning that he is under the impression that he still has a chance to make his life the way it was in his dreams.
This poem conveys the protagonist as someone who is indecisive and often has trouble relating to women; he fears having his sexual advances turned down. Eliot, forces the reader through an arduous “verbal maze”, while slowly revealing his intentions. The themes of fear of aging and mortality, alienation and regression can all be interpreted from this poem. Prufrock's anxiety due to his fear of aging draws the reader's attention to the theme of self-consciousness or fear of aging and mortality. “And indeed there will be time/To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?
Eliot, lines 86 – 88). The Narrator continue the middle-age crisis trend by weeping over his loss of attraction because not only does he feel it slipping away and becoming a distant memory but there is physical proof for everyone to clearly see; that he is aging. “I grow old… Shall I part my hair behind?”, (Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot, lines 127 – 129). I find this bit kind of humorous because to me it entails that the Narrators no longer has any hair on the top of his hair but only on the edges of his skull.
Ulysses by Alfred Tennyson 'Ulysses' is both a lament and an inspiring poem. Even modern readers who are not so familiar with the classics, can visualize the heroic legend of Ulysses, and so is not prepared for what he finds in the poem— not Ulysses the hero but Ulysses the man. Tennyson brings out the agony felt by Ulysses at his old age, The influence of the Industrial age can be seen in Tennyson's usage of the word 'profits' in the very first line . The character calls himself 'idle' showing his disillusionment at this ripe stage of life .The "still hearth" and "the barren crags" symbolize death. He continues complaining about his hapless state and the reader begins to detect the shallowness of character of this otherwise larger than life legend.