Tithonus, Tennyson Essay

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WRITE ABOUT THE WAY TENNYSON TELLS THE STORY IN TITHONUS The Victorian poet Alfred Tennyson manipulates the narrative of the well-known story of Tithonus so the character achieves a sense of desperation, unhappiness and desolation. The aim of the writer is that the reader wonders about what is appropriate for a man and what is the limit that humans should not overstep. The poem Tithonus is an allusion: Tennyson uses a story familiar to the readers at the time to show his existential views on life. The genre of the poem is dramatic monologue. Therefore, the speaker addresses a silent audience: Eos, the Greek goddess of dawn: “Thy cheek begins to redden thro’ the gloom, /Thy sweet eyes brighten slowly close to mine”. Hence, the two voices used are first and second person. Actually, during the poem Tithonus turns to himself when he was young using the third person: “Alas! For this gray shadow, once a man—/So glorious in his beauty and thy choice, /Who madest him thy chosen, that he seem’d / To his great heart none other than a God!” Moreover, Tennyson unwittingly reveals aspects of the character and the life of Tithonus trough the monologue. For example, “Ay me! ay me! with what another heart /In days far-off, and with what other eyes / I used to watch if I be he that watch’d / The lucid outline forming round thee”;In this way, the atmosphere seems more and more dramatic. Tennyson manipulates the structure to reveal a sense of confusion, desperation and never ending life. As a matter of fact, there is not a fixed number of lines in each stanza. Besides the speech is rushed and the full stop is not very used. For example, “Coldly thy rosy shadows bathe me, cold /Are all thy lights, and cold my wrinkled feet / Upon thy glimmering thresholds, when the steam / Floats up from those dim fields about the homes / Of happy men that have the power to die, / And grassy
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