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http//www.marrasouk.com Tichborne’s Elegy, written with his own hand in the Tower before his execution. A commentary and some background details
http//www.marrasouk.com Tichborne’s Elegy The poem was written by Charles Tichborne in 1586, as part of a letter to his wife, Agnes An elegy is a reflection on the death of someone or about sorrow Tichborne wrote the poem about his own life, knowing that he would be executed the next day. The theme of the poem is simple: Tichborne is too young to die
http//www.marrasouk.com Tichborne’s Elegy uses antithesis This is where two ideas are juxtaposed, or placed alongside each other My feast of joy is but a dish of pain, The line can be separated in two “joy” and “pain” contrast “feast” picks up on “dish.” The words are in opposition to each other Key word
http//www.marrasouk.com You will see that the lines follow a similar pattern of antithesis My fruit is fallen, and yet my leaves are green My crop of corn is but a field of tares, My thread is cut and yet it is not spun weeds These words set the ideas in opposition In Greek mythology the Fates would spin thread to decide how long a man would live.
http//www.marrasouk.com What kind of effect is created by these lines? The day is past, and yet I saw no sun, My youth is spent and yet I am not old, I looked for life and saw it was a shade, I trod the earth and knew it was my tomb, ghost regret? sadness? despondency? grief? sorrow? These words are all associated with elegies Which words contribute to this effect? negatives
http//www.marrasouk.com The elegy makes use of paradox My tale was heard and yet it was not told, The reader tries to work out the meaning A contradiction Doesn’t seem to make sense on a first reading Does this mean that at his trial he did not get the chance to put his own version of events? Does this refer to his life being cut short?
http//www.marrasouk.com Here’s another example of paradox: My glass is full, and now my glass is run, His life has run out - it’s time to die Potentially he has the rest of his life in front of him
http//www.marrasouk.com You will have noticed that each stanza ends with the same line And now I live, and now my life is done. For the moment he lives But he knows his life is effectively over If you were reading the poem out aloud would you read this line in the same way in each stanza? Also the sense of his life’s work is complete
http//www.marrasouk.com The style of the poem My tale was heard and yet it was not told, My fruit is fallen, and yet my leaves are green, My youth is spent and yet I am not old, I saw the world and yet I was not seen; My thread is cut and yet it is not spun, And now I live, and now my life is done. The rhyme scheme ABABCCABABCC End-stopped lines- each one a complete thought Single syllable words contribute to simple and stark effect. Nearly all lines begin with “my” or “I” - repeated later. All stanzas follow the same pattern
http//www.marrasouk.com Extract from a letter written by Chidiock Tichborne to his wife, the night before he suffered. The most loving wife alive I commend me to thee, and desire God to bless thee with all happiness. Pray for thy dead husband, and be of good comfort, for I hope in Jesus Christ this morning to see the face of my Redeemer, in the most joyful Throne of his glorious kingdom. For the full text and some further details on Tichborne: