He is simply talking about a beautiful girl he saw at a ball and spends the entire poem describing her exquisite beauty in great detail. I think he defines love as being happiness; if one lives a life absent in love then they are empty. The Romeo and Juliet allusions were made to emphasize the intensity of love felt towards the woman by the speaker. I think that he believes that since he has no lover to speak well of him after he departs from earth, that he could at least have his fellow soldiers to speak highly of him. I won't say no to a writing opportunity without evaluating it, and I never miss a deadline.
On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year Missolonghi, Jan. The hope, the fear, the jealous care, The exalted portion of the pain And power of love, I cannot share, But wear the chain. . If thou regrett'st thy youth, why live? Byron captured an essential theme of the romantic period by leaving logic for emotion. There isn't really an actual theme to the poem, but rather a main point which is simply that Byron wants a memorable death. The hope, the fear, the jealous care, the exalted portion of the pain and power of love, I cannot share, but wear the chain. In addition to this, the poem was written in Spenserian stanza which is a style of poetry where each stanza has 9 lines written in heroic verse.
There are allusions to the actual myth throughout the entire poem which help develop the tone and theme. Tread those reviving passions down, Unworthy manhood! 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! Seek outless often sought than found A soldiers grave, for thee the best; Then look around, and choose thy ground, And take thy rest. He wants to die an honorable and memorable death like a warrior. On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year by Lord Byron, George Gordon 1788-1824 Tis time the heart should be unmoved, Since others it hath ceased to move: Yet, though I cannot be beloved, Still let me love! Unto thee indifferent should the smile or frown of beauty be. The hope, the fear, the jealous care, The exalted portion of the pain And power of love, I cannot share, But wear the chain.
Basically where there is a shift, he begins speaking about nature rather than the person he was describing in the first. Seek out less often sought than found a soldier's grave, for thee the best; Then look around, and choose thy ground, and take thy rest. Anonymous Trenae, You make some good observations about Byron's poem, and I like the way you focus on the poet's reflections on the importance of love. Her beauty glows even in the night If our paths cross again, only heaven knows. He compares the two as he describes the person's crying with the sky.
What good is life without someone to share it with? The fire that on my bosom preys Is lone as some volcanic isle; No torch is kindled at its blaze A funeral pile. Byron spends the poem talking about his achievements and how he will never be forgotten. I understand where he is coming from though. Anonymous For us, it seems as though 36 is too young to reflect about your life, but he was in a battlefield and I'm sure it reminded him of his immortality. This poem is one Byron's most straight forward and easiest poems to understand. It seems as if he is almost anticipating his death and talks about how he wants his death to be. Many people fear dying alone, and I think that this is how he feels.
One thing the writer put a lot of emphasis on was love and compassion. Byron also uses nature and other elements to describe her to show that she has a natural beauty. The fire that on my bosom preys Is lone as some volcanic isle; No torch is kindled at its blaze— A funeral pile. Because of this an almost foreboding tone is created as most of the poem is alluding to his death. The fire that on my bosom preys Is lone as some volcanic isle; No torch is kindled at its blaze - A funeral pile! The sword, the banner, and the field, glory and Greece, around me see! That is Byron's definition of solitude. 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! Being unsuccessful at love, no matter the age, can be considered a death. This poem is about a castle once used as prison in the Switzerland.
The land of honourable death Is here: -up to the field, and give Away thy breath! Because of this there is also a passionate and admiring tone. unto thee Indifferent should the smile or frown Of beauty be. That history makes his poem both more significant and more ironic! Once again this poem presents a tone of admiration for this valiant soldier who died for his nation. This first impression is that the writer has greatly desired a love in his life. The most notable literary element Byron uses besides imagery is progression. Byron wrote this poem very interestingly as the first stanza is a reflection of the second.
However, I think that he took a limited view on his life; he failed to analyze any of his other accomplishments of life. The Spartan, borne upon his shield, Was not more free. Seek out -less often sought than found - A soldier's grave, for thee the best; Then look around, and choose thy ground, And take thy rest. Byron, on the other hand, seems to view everything through emotional eyes. This beautiful castle is full of memories of martyrs who were executed for dissenting the Church, and Byron described his feelings towards this historical location. He says the memories of these people will never be forgotten and there spirits will last within the castle for eternity.