The Purpose of this Blog
Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.
With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned??xml:namespace>
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
This Tuesday morning we were asked to either accept or decline an offer made by Mr Sadgrove, he wanted to know whether we wanted the 'gift' of immortality or not. No one accepted his proposition with the explanation that there would be nothing to look forward to in life, as risks are what make life exciting, its shortness and the fact that we are always experiencing new things.
Then we were introduced to the character Tithonus. Tithonus is the brother of King Priam and was inlove with the goddess of the dawn Eos, she wanted to live with him forever, so asked Zeus to grant him immortality, which he did. Howeve she forgot to ask for eternal youth, so Tithonus aged, but did not die, becoming a frail shadow of his former self.
We looked at the poem and analysed its language, structure and form. The poem is a dramatic monologue, which involves the speaker (Tithonus) talking to the audience about a particular topic (his aging and frustration towards life). The language that Tennyson uses in this poem is mainly dark, when describing Tithonus and what his life has become to reflect the character's feeling of depression and isolation from the rest of the world. Alot of antithesis is used through out in relation to Eos and Tithonus, as when she is spoken about only bright, beautiful, vital vocabulary is used to show the contrast between the two and how full of life she is. This poem relates alot to another text - "Ulysses" as it was written after the death of Tennyson's best friend and portrays similar emotions like regret, loss and nostalgia for the past.
Write a 20 minute essay of "How does Tennyson tell the story in Tithonus?"
Can I just suggest that Saways is next to do the blog, as his posts are always so informative.
Much love y'all