Steve, Here, too, sound of rain falling on and through roof. Its former smoothness and tautness is gone. Could lonely wait my endless rest With equanimity. Vocal Range: The vocal range spans an interval of a perfect twelfth. He wishes that God should have made his heart and the feelings in it as old as his skin.
Instead it is a very realistic look at aging and a lonely life. The song as a whole, therefore, operates ambiguously between unified and 'progressive' tonality - a composed-out drop of a fifth - and between different modal interpretations of a basic d to d¹ melodic ambit, a multiple perspective that accords well with Hardy's poetic one, in this, the last and one of the finest of his Wessex Poems, of the apparent closure of old age being opened out again by the 'throbbings of noontide' in the 'fragile frame at eve'. Ganymede is later stolen from her by Zeus, to be his cup-bearer, and as a consolation, Eos asks Zeus to make the beautiful Tithonus immortal. I They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest Uncoffined - just as found: His landmark is a kopje-crest That breaks the veldt around; And foreign constellations west Each night above his mound. To compound matters, his first wife, Emma had become more and more distant.
David As an old woman myself I have long recalled the last lines of this poem with a strange pain that nonetheless has comforted me at times. Time too treats him unkindly. He was obviously once very caring, and willing but if he wished to have his heart turned into a wasting heart, then his big heart must have caused him some terrible misfortunes. What makes him special, in my view, is that his formal poetric training was squeezed through the clothes-wringer of his eccentricity. The poet's feelings are just as strong as ever though he appears to be ageing. However, he should also keep in mind that there must be a noticeable decrescendo from the middle of measure 14 to the end of measure 15, without any loss of communicative energy, for the ending to be truly effective.
That is why aging is such a shock to many people. Specifically how well our body decays with time, our symbolic heart, or emotions, stay as vibrant as ever. Most common keywords I Look Into My Glass Analysis Thomas Hardy critical analysis of poem, review school overview. Hardy uses several words connected with age to conjure the image of a person who is aging fast. Finally, two sets of poly-tonal chords are used consecutively in bar 14.
This song is most effective with so much to say in so little time; the equivalent to a grand operatic scena. The highest note in the range is g¹, sung only briefly in measure 5, and the tessitura is the lowest of any song in this set. The single image of an ageing man in front of a mirror, not in vain self-admiration but in a mood of introspective disillusionment, overshadows the entire poem. Finzi,97 The interlude material is reminiscent of the opening prelude and postlude primarily because of rhythm and emphasis of the off-beat see prelude and postlude below. He laments his physical deterioration as he ages. Close intervallic relationships of seconds in the opening measure at the same time produce harmonic dissonance and tension that reflects the overall sense of frustration felt by the poet.
Posted on 2012-05-10 by a guest. I'd best post under one of my usernames from now on to spare confusion. This melancholy reaches despairing proportions in bar 14 and is not redeemed towards the end. Thank Heaven I am old at last. The main theme is the contrast between his aging physical body and his heart which is still young and vibrant. A short poem, with a simple message, this. He meant, a local lad.
And sometimes that is as true for people who have children as for those who do not. The lowest pitch is the C below middle C and the highest pitch is the G above middle C. Finzi's text setting seems less on display in this song as more emphasis has shifted to harmonic tension but there are a couple of settings worthy of notice see examples below. Van der Watt extended permission to post this excerpt from his dissertation on October 8th, 2010. Pinion categorizes the poems as a miscellaneous collection; ranging from ones strongly narrative to those that display Hardy's connection to Wessex.
No bother, said Tom in reply. The poem is about how physical decay in oneself is not matched by an attenuation of one's desires, and I think that the sexual reading of this line is too obvious to be omitted from an analysis of the poem. This line also personifies the idea of time. But generally it is something the young do not wish to think about. Am conscious of the humiliating sorriness of my earthly tabernacle, and of the sad fact that the best of parents could do no better for me.