Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
Tsk Tsk Tsk... Doing an assignment at the last minute again...
This is a pretty interestiing poem - Imagine - In 1824 thirty-six seemed like old age. My gosh - We're just getting started in life at that age now...
Byron was telling us that we should accept our senior (40ish?) years with grace, and that we shouldn't regret our past..
He uses some good basic literary devices. Taking the second stanza as an example..
My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief,
Are mine alone!
He speaks metaphorically of his age by comparing his years to autumn's "yellow leaf". The "flowers and fruits of love" (a product of summer) are supposedly for the young - Boy have we changed that silly concept. There are more - See if you can find them. I see more metaphors, and some similes for starters. I also see some personification in later stanzas... This isn't hard - I know you can find them...
Byron writes this poem with a rhyme scheme of a-b-a-b repeating nicely with each stanza.
His meter is beautifully accomplished. He writes each stanza with three lines of iambic tetrameter and wraps it up with an abbreviated iambic dimeter for a striking effect.
Now next time, listen in class... and English is always spelled with a capital "E"
Now, find some more literary devices - This poem is full of them...Have a Happy Day.....
[This message has been edited by Nan (edited 05-14-2000).]