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Poetry Analysis Of Morte D'arthur

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Poetry Analysis of Morte D'Arthur
Although 'Morte D'Arthur' spirals through many stages, none is touched
upon to the extent at which it exercises pathos. Throughout it draws
upon the reader's emotions heavily, and enforces a feeling of
overwhelming pity until its last breath. 'The Prisoner of Chillon',
although similar in the aspect that it too bears the countenance of a
distressing piece of literature, does differ in tone slightly, for it
clearly relies more on the absolution of despair to deliver its
message. It too contains pathos in liberal amounts but is not governed
by it as the other. 'The Prisoner of Chillon' pushes past the levels
of sympathy and invokes an unwavering sense of hopelessness that traps
the reader in misery as effectively as the stone prison he relates to
us traps its prisoners. From a summary of the poems you would think
that the gathered opinions should be the reversed for in 'The Prisoner
of Chillon' leaves its protagonist with his life while the other ends
with the death of a great king and all he represents, yet the method
in which both spin their tales make you feel more misery on behalf of
the prisoner then for the dying king.

When fabricating their settings the authors often employ techniques
akin to one another. Tennyson refers to the scenery as 'place of
tombs' and 'ruin'd shrine," as he writes 'Morte D'Arthur'. This shows
that death is in the very countryside around him. The poem is about
death and Tennyson puts that into every aspect of his world;
everything mirrors the story that he tells. Byron does the same. 'Dim
in a dull imprisoned way,' and 'like a sunbeam which has lost its
way,' are lines from his poem that embody the idea of imprisonment,
which are turn is the theme of his poem. When the authors use pathetic
fallacy throughout, as they set the scene they don't limit them to
mere physical descriptions but illustrate the mood. Tennyson wants to
show the aspects of the world that are dying with the king, that it
isn't simply the death of a man but the death of religion, the country
and the past, which had been quite joyous. 'A broken chancel with a
broken cross,' shows the death of religion in the simple marring of
these artefacts Tennyson writes a world perfect to die in. Nature
mirrors the mood and has already started mourning for its lost king as
we see in lines like, 'frozen hills', 'winter Sea' and 'whistled stiff
and dry about the marge." Byron uses a lot a phrasing that seems to
just describe the appearance of the dungeon like; 'dungeon deep and
old', 'massy and grey,' and 'floor so damp'. Although these don't have
emotion, the descriptions make the image of a horrible place...

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