A Litany In Time Of Plague Analysis

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“A Litany In Time Of Plague”
I chose the poem” A Litany In Time Of Plague”, written by Thomas Nashe.It was published in the 1600s.this poem was originally from a pleasant comedy called” Summer’s Last Will and Testament” , which was put on for the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The poem was written during the time of the plague that was ravaging the country, but despite the title, it never actually refers to the plague, but to the social indifferences and that death is inevitability no matter who you are... The author, Thomas Nashe was born the son of a preacher; he rebelled early in his life by writing against the Official Consensus in that a rhetorical education should serve the goal of national prosperity and political stability. He was most famous as a pamphleteer, which back then was a bit more of a prominent job, it made it easier to spread his ideas and news across the county. Nashes sincerely disliked the
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These characters were portrayed as symbols of youth and prosperity. These refer to the beauty and strength imageries ,the speaker uses flowers to represent beauty and winkles is to death in the line, “Beauty is but a flower, which wrinkles will devour”. The line “Worms feed on Hector brave, swords may not fight with fate”, represents the strength aspect stating that even the most powerful and strongest of people cannot defeat death.
The litany of the poem is represented in each stanza of the poem. First off, a litany is a prayer consisting of a series of invocations and supplications by the leader with alternate responses by the congregation. The line “I am sick, I must die”. would be the invocation and then the line,”Lord, have mercy on us!” would be repeated by the congregation in a litany. The main idea of the poem is that nothing can save you from death. It gives the idea that the speaker is may be dying and trying to repent his

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