Poetry Analysis of Morte D'Arthur Although 'Morte D'Arthur' spirals through many stages, none is touched upon to the extent at which it exercises pathos. Throughout it draws upon the reader's emotions heavily, and enforces a feeling of overwhelming pity until its last breath. 'The Prisoner of Chillon', although similar in the aspect that it too bears the countenance of a distressing piece of literature, does differ in tone slightly, for it clearly relies more on the absolution of despair to deliver its message. It too contains pathos in
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When the authors use pathetic fallacy throughout, as they set the scene they don't limit them to mere physical descriptions but illustrate the mood. Tennyson wants to show the aspects of the world that are dying with the king, that it isn't simply the death of a man but the death of religion, the country and the past, which had been quite joyous. 'A broken chancel with a broken cross,' shows the death of religion in the simple marring of these artefacts Tennyson writes a world perfect to die in. Nature mirrors the mood and has already started mourning for its lost king as we see in lines like, 'frozen hills', 'winter Sea' and 'whistled stiff and dry about the marge." Byron uses a lot a phrasing that seems to just describe the appearance of the dungeon like; 'dungeon deep and old', 'massy and grey,' and 'floor so damp'. Although these don't have emotion, the descriptions make the image of a horrible place worse, it is more than uncomfortable to live.
Both poems put a lot of emphasis on pathos. If the reader couldn't connect with the characters by feeling sorry for them then the poems would have so much less effect. The most common angle that both poets use seem to be the loss of things. Byron's character looses everything dear to him,