Terence This Is Stupid Stuf Analysis

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A.E. Housman’s “Terence, this is stupid stuff” is a poem that starts out as a friend of Terence talking to him, but it then shifts to Terence talking to his friends. Then shifts from a humorous tone to a more serious tone. It also alters in setting, time, place, and idea. This poem demonstrates figurative language which is language employing figures of speech; language that cannot be taken literally or only literally. This poem also has several different poetic devices, which is a device that contributes to content and poetic structure that does not involve meaning in term of language. The first verse of this poem Terence friend is speaking to him about how sad all his poems are; all of them are about death. His friend is telling him he needs to lighten up and get drunk. His friend says, “It gives a chap the belly-ache. . .To hear such tunes as killed the cow” (Line 6-10). Terence’s friend is referring to Terence’s poetry. He is also referring to his poetry that it killed the cow because it was so sad. These are both an example of a hyperbole (overstatement) that is a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used in the service of truth. All the verses in this poem have a rhythm, which is any wavelike recurrence of motion or sound. The rhythm is eight beats per line. The second verse as well as second speaker of the poem slings right back at the attack on his work by obliging that for people like him alcohol is the best medicine. Non-thinkers would despise serious subject matter. “And malt does more than Milton can/To justify God’s ways to man. Ale, man, ale’s the stuff to drink/For fellows whom it hurts to think…” (Line 21-24). John Milton's theme in Paradise Lost combined with alliteration with the letter M to juxtaposed with the mood-enhancing qualities of Ale. But Ale is 2 short-lived, "Happy till I woke again. Then I saw the morning sky: Heigho, the
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