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Vacation proj

February 28, 1996


Vacation Project

On His Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three

To Help You Understand

2. In the first eight lines the poet, John Milton, is talking about his character and how on the inside he still feels like a child. The character still wants to enjoy life as a kid and go around and have fun. He feels that he did not get enough time to enjoy his childhood and he plunged way too fast into manhood.

John Milton also describes the phisical details of his character. He tells about how eventhough he feels like a child and wants to remain a child his body refuses and keeps on growing into an aduld.


To Help You Understand

2. From tears she hopes to buy back a little happiness and peace. The author, Mary Coleridge, is sick and tired of all the wars fought and lives lost and just wants it all to end.

She is putting herself in the place of a soldier and remembers the past and how happy it was. She also wishes for the silence that comes with tears and how crying just calmes you at times.

Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night

To Help You Understand

1. By "that good night", the author describes the time for everyone to pass away. He is explaining how some people take death as it comes to them and do not try to fight it and run away from it, but then there are also those who are scared of dying and cannot accept the fact that sooner or later time will come for them to pass away.

2. The third stanza is about people who in their life they have tried to do good deeds. Now, death starts creeping up on them and as they notice what is not supposed to happen they remember about their life and the good they have done.

The fourth stanza is about people who have gone out and enjoyed life to its fullest extent and now, as they learn that their time has come also, they admit that they are sad they have to go but still do not try to fight their fate.

The fifth stanza is about the very old people who eventhough it is their time to go they cannot admit it. In their eyes you could see their terror and freight and also rage.

3. The author is advising us to fight death at whatever time it comes for us. He tells us that there really is never a good time for death.

To Help You Appreciate

1. The last two lines are mainly the whole message of the poem. The

repetition of these lines is supposed to make people realize that no matter who you are you are still supposed to fight death and never let it catch you.

2. The rhyme scheme gives the whole poem a beat and it makes you follow it. By following this rhythm, the reader makes it sound in a special way, the way the author intended it to sound like. By having this rhythm, the reader also gives life of some sort to the poem.

3. We can tell that a man wrote this poem because in every stanza, except for the first and last one, the author only talks about men. The whole poem in fact is written from a man's point of view.

To an Athlete Dying Young

To Help You Understand

1. The dead athlete got lucky according to the poet because his name will never be forgotten by the town's people. Usually news is talked about for a while, during the time when it is still new to some people, and then it is forgotten, but the dead athlete is remembered forever.

2. All triumphs, no matter how glorious and spectacular they are, are forgotten about after time passes and people stop talking about it.

3. The line "And the name died before the man" of the fifth stanza means that whatever someone is famous