Destroying of Traditions-Pharn

Alex Pharn
Ms. Nelson
English 3rd Period
February 3, 2012 
                                                                                                   Destroying of Traditions
 
What would the world be without tradition? In this poem, the unknown author is saying that the world is destroying tradition through religion, ignorance, and flaws of society. The author has a serious attitude towards his/her readers. The poet uses figurative language such as metaphors, and repetition.

People don’t believe in God anymore. In this quote from the poem, the poet says, “In a world where athiest soar you would think that God hated us more for making us poor.” People think God is to blame for making us poor but were doing this to ourselves. The poet uses rhyme to prove their point by using it in this quote, too: “In a world where athiest soar you would think that God hated us more for making us poor.”  The words soar, more, and poor are rhymes to strengthen the poem’s meaning.
                                  
Ignorance is a problem in our world. “Because men with criminal intentions claim the lord as their witness when hate is the real drug that supports their addiction.” The criminals are ignorant of what’s really going on in the world and instead use hate to fuel their actions. The poet uses a metaphor in this half quote “when hate is the real drug” to show hate spreads around and becomes addictive like a real drug.
 
People are disobeying the laws with no intentions. “Pass the grass as ashes fall to the asphalt and fault is passed off to the past flaws of society.” People are using drugs to pass time other than doing an activity that doesn’t involve the use of drugs. The poet uses repitition with the words pass, and grass to show the theme of destroying tradition.
 
Our current culture is destroying our old traditions of life. People nowadays use drugs, commit crimes, and are ignorant of the world. The author of this poem is trying to inform people about the problems of our society. Where will this lifestyle lead us to?

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Alfred,Lord Tennyson-Pharn

Born:August 6th 1809

Died:October 6th 1892

Biography:

             Alfred was born at Somersby,Lincolnshire.He was the fourth out of twelve people in his family.Alfred also had an early talent for writing.When he was twelve years old he wrote a 6,ooo line epic poem.His father “George Tennyson“;taught his sons classic and modern languages.

            Alfred had  feared of mental illness for his whole life because most of the men in his family had epilepsy, which at that time was thought as a disease.Alfred also suffered from short-sightedness and his brother “Eduard” was put in a mental institution right after 1833.One of his other brothers had violent argues with their father.Later on Alfred’s father started to have mental breakdowns because of alcohol.

            Tennyson ran away from home in 1827 to be in Trinity college.That same year Alfred and his brother “Charles” published “Poems by Two Brothers”. It got the attention of an undergraduate literary club that was lead by “Arthur Hallam”. They gave Tennyson,which was very shy,with needed friendship and confidence in himself as a poet.Hallam and Alfred became very good friends.In 1830 they went to Europe together and again in 1832.In 1833 Hallam died,it affected Tennyson a lot.

            At the age of fourty one Alfred was established as the most popular poet at that time.When he read his poetry he had a very loud projecting voice.The money from his poems gave him enough to buy a house.His looks were that he was a large bearded person and he usually wore a cloak and a hat.When Tennyson died in 1892 he was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Bibliography:http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/alfred-tennyson,http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/tennyson/tennybio.html,http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/300 Web.Jan.31.2012.