Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM

Copy

Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.

DeleteCancel

Make your likes visible on Facebook?

Connect your Facebook account to Prezi and let your likes appear on your timeline.
You can change this under Settings & Account at any time.

No, thanks

Untitled Prezi

No description
by

Deborah Carey

on 4 April 2013

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of Untitled Prezi

Elegy before Execution By Chidiock Tichborne The Poem Diction/Syntax Tone Author's Purpose Reason for Execution About the Author Tichborne was convicted of participating in a plot to murder the Protestant Queen Elizabeth. As a Catholic, he supported Mary, Queen of Scots, and desired for her to return to power. Queen Elizabeth had made the practice of Catholicism illegal, so the political activists gathered in London to create the "Babbington Plot." When the plot was discovered, many of the other plotters were able to escape. Unfortunately, Tichborne had a leg injury and was not able to leave London. He was brought to the London tower and plead guilty on September 14th, 1586, and was executed on September 20th. Historians are not positive when the poem was written. Some say it was right before he was executed, in his cellar, and others debate that it was the night before. The poem was written to his wife, Agnes. This is the only known poem of Chidiock Tichborne's. He was executed by being disembowelled, drawn, and quartered. After Queen Elizabeth heard of the torturuous way in which he died for his religion, she was angry with the executioners and changed the standard for executions. My prime of youth is but a frost of cares,
My feast of joy is but a dish of pain,
My crop of corn is but a field of tares,
And all my good is but vain hope of gain;
The day is past, and yet I saw no sun,
And now I live, and now my life is done.

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.

I sought my death and found it in my womb,
I looked for life and saw it was a shade,
I trod the earth and knew it was my tomb,
And now I die, and now I was but made;
My glass is full, and now my glass is run,
And now I live, and now my life is done. My prime of youth is but a frost of cares,
My feast of joy is but a dish of pain,
My crop of corn is but a field of tares,
And all my good is but vain hope of gain;
The day is past, and yet I saw no sun,
And now I live, and now my life is done. 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. I sought my death and found it in my womb,
I looked for life and saw it was a shade,
I trod the earth and knew it was my tomb,
And now I die, and now I was but made;
My glass is full, and now my glass is run,
And now I live, and now my life is done. Repetition: "and now I live, and now my life is done"
"[...]and yet[...]" "[...]is but[...]" The tone begins as bitter, and gradually becomes more resigned and foreboding as the speaker begins to accept his fate. The author's purpose was to express his heavy sadness for his situation--having a humiliating, public execution for standing up for what he believed in. Critical Perspective- Biographical Themes This rhyme scheme is called Venus and Adonis, (named after a work of Shakespeare's). It is a shortened version of ottava rima, where an iambic pentameter sestet is used. Uses antithesis to create paradox that show his inner conflict over whether his policical activism was worth his life Metaphor for his life There were no benefits from his risks and passions Key line, embodies his tone of bitterness, that no advancement is resulting from his death Theme of youth Repetition emphasizes pathos Biblical allusion to garden of eden, emphasizing the evil nature of man Every line begins with a positive image or metaphor, and turns into a tragic statement. This parallels how quickly Tichborne's life turned from youthful and wimsical to tragedy. Tichborne's diction is very controlled and restraind. It is easy to imagine him holding back his intense emotions, placing them within the boundaries of his metaphors. What is an Elegy? "The Elegy is remarkable for being written almost entirely in monosyllables with the possible exception of the word "fallen". However in early editions it was written as "fall'n" which is monosyllabic" -the dictionary verbs answer each other, ironic becuase the message is so different, but the verbs are parallel biblical allusion: "Seek and ye shall find" Paradoxes litotes The author is concerned with his own fate, giving his poem a biographical critical perspective. This means that the poem is very biased. Although he sees himself as being robbed of his youth, most of the people of his time would say he was an enemy of the state, plotting to kill the Queen. The main theme of the poem is the innocence of youth. In the author/speaker's case, his innocence of youth is being violated, as he is unable to grow old and experience the loss of youth (emotionally and physically) that comes naturally. hourglass Why is the title so generic, when the poem is full of emotion? In what instances could this poem apply besides before the execution of a criminal? What other critical perspectives could be appropriate to Tichborne's elegy? Do you think Tichborne meant to make his writing an elegy? Based on your interpretation of the poem, what other tone words could be used to describe Tichborne's elegy? catharsis
Full transcript