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On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year Analysis

Author: Poetry of Lord Byron Type: Poetry Views: 1155

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Missolonghi, Jan. 22, 1824'Tis time this heart should be unmoved,

Since others it hath ceased to move:

Yet, though I cannot be beloved,

Still let me love!My days are in the yellow leaf;

The flowers and fruits of love are gone;

The worm, the canker, and the grief,

Are mine alone!The fire that on my bosom preys

Is lone as some volcanic isle;

No torch is kindled at its blaze-A funeral pile!The hope, the fear, the jealous care,

The exalted portion of the pain

And power of love, I cannot share,

But wear the chain.But 'tis not thus-and 'tis not here-Such thoughts should shake my soul, nor now,

Where glory decks the hero's bier,

Or binds his brow.The sword, the banner, and the field,

Glory and Greece, around me see!

The Spartan, borne upon his shield,

Was not more free.Awake! (not Greece-she is awake!)

Awake, my spirit! Think through whom

Thy life-blood tracks its parent lake,

And then strike home!Tread those reviving passions down,

Unworthy manhood!-unto thee

Indifferent should the smile or frown

Of beauty be.If thou regret'st thy youth, why live?

The land of honourable death

Is here:-up to the field, and give

Away thy breath!Seek out-less often sought than found-A soldier's grave, for thee the best;

Then look around, and choose thy ground,

And take thy rest.


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A Soldier\'s death is an honorable thing because of all the horrible reasons that you listed. Only a person of true moral and physical courage would be capable of enduring these hardships for a greater good than their own lives. Your criteria of an honorable death is just a list of things that make it more comfortable, not more commendable. Byron had thought much along the same hedonistic lines during much of his life, but in this poem he is expressing his will to do something worthwhile with his remaining life, to help the Greek people win back their freedom.

| Posted on 2013-03-11 | by a guest

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can someone translate this for me quickly, im doing a project for school. it would be greatly appreciated

| Posted on 2011-03-29 | by a guest

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I dont think that a soldiers death is an honorable one. Soldiers are not void of emotion (and are therefore traditionally more masculine and approved of - although my personal views of masculinity do not coincide with stereotypical gender constructions) which the death is supposed to symbolize, but experience intense feelings of isolation and terror. Just think about it, if you die on the battle field you are dying alone and isolated, on enemy lines (and therefore viewed as the scum and the enemy that you are to the opposing soldiers), without any consolation and words of reassurance. Your last images are of massacred men and women, of blood, gore and destruction. Your limbs are often severed, and your complexion pale, worn and pathetic; a mere shadow of what it was upon enlisting. In war, you die without a home, without a family, and without dignity - there is nothing honorable about that. Sure the idea of dying for your country is great in theory (but so are a lot of things)... but in practice it is not a realistic one. Have any of you actually seen a soldier die? I have... soldiers scream and groan like regular people... because they are regular people.

| Posted on 2011-02-09 | by a guest

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What are u talking about! Of course he wants to die an honorable death. Byron was a lord, a military leader. He spent his life defending Greece. and maybe the only poet that loved greece to do so. He has done all he can, his spirit just isn't "awake" anymore and he knows it willstay dormant forever.
His best friend, Percy Bysshe Shelley, has just died a greusome death at this point, that would haunt Byron for the rest of his life. He has seen and done everything he needed and is ready to go out of the world. The only thing left to do is die an honorable death: fighting for the country he loved most.

| Posted on 2009-03-13 | by a guest

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are you JK? its not honorable to die a soldier's death. he's talking about it ironically. his reputation as a celebrity imprisons him and he is held back by it. like a spartan soldier, people think he should feel prestigious because he's old and accomplished, but really these things enslave him, and make him unlovable. he wants everyone to know he's aliVE! ALIVE!!!

| Posted on 2008-12-03 | by a guest

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i love lord byron. his poetry goes through me like a hole in a paper cup being filled with water. i wish i was his lady

| Posted on 2008-05-07 | by a guest

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this is AMAZING. and i am only saying yes to a human because i cant say anything if its not. yay

| Posted on 2008-05-05 | by a guest

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This is an excellent example of Romatic poetry. Byron's quick wit and stairical device shows through once again. His longing for love and an honorable death are to be commended, but his ingenious imager and word usage is impeciable. This man is a genious. He describes how his life is coming to and end and how he will no longer be loved, but he wants to love. He wants ti hold onto his emotions. he then goes onto his storngest emotion which is dying an honorable death. What is more honorable than dying as a solider who is trying to free their country? nothing.

| Posted on 2005-02-15 | by Approved Guest

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