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i need help analysing minsrelsy
Posted by: lin (---.cpe.net.cable.roger)
Date: November 05, 2002 12:49PM

i need to analyse the poem minstrelsy by elizabeth barrett browning. If anyone could help me that would be so great.


Re: i need help analysing minsrelsy
Posted by: Desi (---.clientlogic.ie)
Date: November 05, 2002 01:01PM

The poem: (copied from the poet list)

For ever, since my childish looks
Could rest on Nature's pictured books;
For ever, since my childish tongue
Could name the themes our bards have sung;
So long, the sweetness of their singing
Hath been to me a rapture bringing!
Yet ask me not the reason why
I have delight in minstrelsy.

I know that much whereof I sing,
Is shapen but for vanishing;
I know that summer's flower and leaf
And shine and shade are very brief,
And that the heart they brighten, may,
Before them all, be sheathed in clay! --
I do not know the reason why
I have delight in minstrelsy.

A few there are, whose smile and praise
My minstrel hope, would kindly raise:
But, of those few -- Death may impress
The lips of some with silentness;
While some may friendship's faith resign,
And heed no more a song of mine. --
Ask not, ask not the reason why
I have delight in minstrelsy.

The sweetest song that minstrels sing,
Will charm not Joy to tarrying;
The greenest bay that earth can grow,
Will shelter not in burning woe;
A thousand voices will not cheer,
When one is mute that aye is dear! --
Is there, alas! no reason why
I have delight in minstrelsy.

I do not know! The turf is green
Beneath the rain's fast-dropping sheen,
Yet asks not why that deeper hue
Doth all its tender leaves renew; --
And I, like-minded, am content,
While music to my soul is sent,
To question not the reason why
I have delight in minstrelsy.

Years pass -- my life with them shall pass:
And soon, the cricket in the grass
And summer bird, shall louder sing
Than she who owns a minstrel's string.
Oh then may some, the dear and few,
Recall her love, whose truth they knew;
When all forget to question why
She had delight in minstrelsy!

For what level is your assignment? High school, university. Any other specifics for the assignment, like do you have to point to poetic devices?


Re: i need help analysing minsrelsy
Posted by: lin (---.cpe.net.cable.roger)
Date: November 05, 2002 01:03PM

its grade 13 assignment, i have to relate it to a love theme somehow


Re: i need help analysing minsrelsy
Posted by: Desi (---.clientlogic.ie)
Date: November 05, 2002 01:21PM

eh, grade 13? I'm not from an english speaking country and our grades don't go beyond 6. So eh, can you describe the level?

ehm, a love theme. Well it is a sort of ode to music/poetry, so you could state that it is a love poem directed to that. Maybe compare it with "how do I love thee" by Elizabeth as well. Does she use the same language for this very clear love poem or do you see differences?

What are the kind of words you'd expect in a love poem? Write them down and then see if you can find any of them here.

I have to go now, but I will have another look tomorrow. Hopefully with a bit more inspiration than now. Djee, some weird assignments around today...


Re: i need help analysing minsrelsy
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: November 06, 2002 01:45PM

Grade 13 is probably last year of high school.

I tend to vote with Desi. She's writing a love poem to her love of books and music.

pam




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