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Queen Elizabeth: On Monsieur's Departure

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Noelle Muller

on 18 November 2013

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Transcript of Queen Elizabeth: On Monsieur's Departure

Queen Elizabeth: On Monsieur's Departure
Queen Elizabeth is sad and upset , but she cannot show it.
She is in love with a man, but she is forced to act as if she dislikes him.
She loves him, yet she must act as though she never did.
On the outside Queen Elizabeth is quiet and strong, but on the inside she is constantly talking to herself.
Queen Elizabeth tries to be cold and distant, however, she still is hurt.
She created a false front for herself.

Her sorrow follows her around like her own shadow.
If she turns to deal with her feelings, they elude her.
Her sorrow is there no matter what she does.
His sadness is too superficial , which makes her regret how true her feelings are.
She cannot find a way to stop feeling for him.
In the end she must simply hide her love for him; her love will not be gone.

She begs for something else to come into her life.
She is weak and vulnerable.
She wishes for the man to give her a reason to be glad he is gone.
Queen Elizabeth begs for change; good or bad it doesn't matter.
She either wants something to bring her peace
or die and therefore forget about her unrequited love.
Scheme- ABABCC
Reasoning- The author connected related ideas in each rhyming line
Tone: Queen Elizabeth is showing her vulnerability and internal strife. She shows how she is feeling.
Through the title one can interpret that the poem is about what Queen Elizabeth is feeling when a man leaves her.
By: Noelle Muller
I grieve and dare not show my discontent,
I love and yet am forced to seem to hate,
I do, yet dare not say I ever meant,
I seem stark mute but inwardly do prate.
I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned,
Since from myself another self I turned.

My care is like my shadow in the sun,
Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it,
Stands and lies by me, doth what I have done.
His too familiar care doth make me rue it.
No means I find to rid him from my breast,
Till by the end of things it be suppressed.

Some gentler passion slide into my mind,
For I am soft and made of melting snow;
Or be more cruel, love, and so be kind.
Let me float or sink, be high or low.
Or let me live with some more sweet content,
Or die and so forget what love ere meant.

Theme: The theme of this poem is a person's internal strife and how that effects the way one lives.
Example: "... I freeze and yet am burned,"
Used to show how she tries to be distant, but still suffers from her pain.
Example: "My care is like my shadow in the sun,
Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it,
Stands and lies beside me, doth what I have done."
Used to express sorrow and how it never leaves her, yet she is unable to face it.
Each stanza expresses a different side of Queen Elizabeth's sorrow.
The first stanza is on Queen Elizabeth's deep sorrow and how she is unable to show it.
The second stanza shifts to describing how the sorrow is always with her.
The third stanza shifts to her describing how she wants her sadness to somehow change.
The initial interpretation does not substatiatlly change; when one reads the title after having read the poem it still expresses that it is about a man leaving Queen Elizabeth.
The only difference is that one knows after having read the poem that it is about her feeling sorrow and pain after he left.
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