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Of Youth and Age

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Transcript of Of Youth and Age

Essay Presentation: Of Youth and Age
General Information
Written By: Francis Bacon
Thesis
"A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time. But that happeneth rarely." P. 1
Content
The essay delves into the different mind sets the two groups have (old, young) and explains it thoroughly
Examines and describes well what each groups primary roles are and how they commit to do them
Literary Devices
Simile:
"Generally, youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second."

Metaphors:
"For the experience of age, in things that fall within the compass of it, directeth them, but in new things abuseth them."

Parallel Structure:
"A man that is young is years, may be old in hours, if he have lost no time."

Allusion: "
Natures that have much heat and great and violent desires and perturbations, are not ripe for action till they have passed the meridian of their years; as it was with Julius Caesar, and Septimius Severus."

Allegory:
"Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold; stir more than they can quiet; fly to the end, without consideration of the means and degrees; ..."




Target Audience
1561 - 1626
English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.
After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution
Analytical Essay contrasting youth to the old
Formal Essay
~400 years old
Tons of literacy devices in use throughout the essay
Portrait of Francis Bacon
Page 259 on Viewpoints 12
The thesis of this essay is that the youth are full of energy and opportunity but are burdened by their desires and imaginations which cost them their time, while those who are old have wisdom, experience and responsibility but lack enthusiasm, opportunity and time
Quotes

"And certainly, the more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth; and age doth profit rather in the powers of understanding, than in the virtues of the will and affections."

"Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success. "

"Natures that have much heat and great and violent desires and perturbations, are not ripe for action till they have passed the meridian of their years;"
Vocabulary
Relating To You
Working life

Start off as a basic worker completing simple tasks
Begin to specialize in a certain field
At one point you start to manage the basic workers
Strengths / Weaknesses
Analogy:
"And certainly, the more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth; and age doth profit rather in the powers of understanding, than in the virtues of the will and affections. "
"Of the latter of whom it is said
, Juventutem egit erroribus, imo furoribus, plenum.."

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He passed a youth full of errors, and of madnesses.
(The Life of Severus)
Cogitation:
thoughtful consideration; contemplation
Perturbation:
to disturb greatly; annoyance
Meridian:
the point slightly above the middle or below; reference to the persons life span
Vivacity:
The quality or condition of being full of animation and spirit

Translations
Septimius Severus
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Juventutem egit erroribus, imo furoribus, plenum;
He passed a youth full of errors, and of madnesses.
Scipio Africanus
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Ultima primis cedebant;
His last actions were not equal to his first.
Tully
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Idem manebat, neque idem decebat
; He continued the same, when the same was not becoming.

Strengths
Poetic
Lots of literary devices used
Good use of words
Point is put across well
Weaknesses
Hard to understand
Too many metaphors
Outdated vocabulary
The authors target audience varies as he speaks about both the youth and the old but goes into detail about the youth much more, this is probably because he has experienced his youth already fully and can clearly speak about it much easier while he is still is his "old" stage while writing the essay
It can be perceived as both a warning for the youth and advice for the old
He describes the youth as someone who doesn't use there time right but has the potential to do amazing things, while explains how the old no longer desire adventure and opportunity
Michael Jackson Example
22 Year Old 66 Year Old
Started off as just a performer and later became a philantropist who helped affect thousands of lives
Music changed along the way
Went from just a pop star to an inspirational model for many people as his music began to cover corruption and morals (man in the mirror)
Wasted Youth
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