Tithonus Reflection – Tennyson

In this poem, we learn of a man who wishes for immortality, however; he regrets his wish and is unable to reverse the granted wish bestowed upon him. This poem is a representation of the mans pain onging for which he wants his life to end, which every human should experience at the closing point of their life. He states that ‘happy men have the power to die’ something he cannot do and therfore expresses himself as unhappy through this. The poem gives the mans present state of mind and feeling towards his situation of immortality then goes on to show his previous life before his immortality and how he bacame so content and confindent with himself he thought he should last forever. Firstly, the man explains how around him all seems to be withering and dying; completing the cycle of life, something which he so longs for but is never able to complete. he descirbes in the first stanza how the trees around him ‘decay’ something which he experiences but unlike the trees completes with death, which he so longs for and what the poem expands on throughout. The man explains how he cannot fear death or cry beacuse of it. he must mearly sit by and watch those who do, however; the man fears hsi eternal fate “the Gods cannot recall their gifts.” is said to scare the man into the realisation that he is stuck in his immortality forever. 

The initial feeling of immortality, the man describes, to be something amazing, describiing his blood to ‘glow’. Yet into the last stanza the man is pleading to be released and that only ‘happy men ahve the power to die’ and in him not dieing he is eternally unhappy. 

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Robert Frost poetry reflection

After reading the peom ‘Stopping by woods on a snowy evening’ i find that througout all of frost’s work a clear and illustratuve image can be created from the words and language used in all of his peoms. ‘stopping by woods on a snowy evening’ provides a clear and detailed image of the event  in which the reader can imagine and take part in whilst reading the poem.

The use of personal language such as ‘he will not’ and ‘his house’ adds a sense of mystery to the piece as the reader is constantly wondering what and who frost is speaking about and why. Thus making the poem more mysterious and interesting to read. ‘to watch his woods fill up with snow’ implies to the reader that frost knows the person and that the place in which he is during the piece belomgs to the man he speaks of. ‘his woods’ makes the man seem more powerful and controlling than frost, and ‘to watch’ implies that frost has been before and seen who the person is ‘watching’ him previously and knows these are ‘his woods’.

‘..frozen lake, the darkest evening of the year’ this imagry provides the reader with a detailed analysis if the surrounding enabling them to put themselves in the situation of frost to make the poem more relateable. ‘darkest evening’ shows that in the piece it is cold mid-winter. ‘darkest evening’ could also mean emotionally. the piece could be written at a time of sadness or after a sad event darkening frosts mood and therefor mood of the piece. the darkness could represent frosts emotions as well as current time in the piece.

‘of easy wind and downy flake’ this phrase softens the mood of the piece towards the end. The darkness seems to have gone and a more delecate, gentle feel to the piece takes over. ‘downy’ compares the snow flakes to soft and fluffy pieces which clams the mood of the piece. this is in contrast to the previous stanza in which frost describes ‘the darkest evening’ as the word ‘downy’ cannot be used in a negative way.

throughout this piece frost personiflys his horse as a companion. ‘to ask’ implies that frost is in communication with the horse even though it cannot speak he has a connection with the horse and feels safter exploring ‘his woods’ with the horse by his side.