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Analysis and comments on Song of Thyrsis by Philip Freneau

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Comment 7 of 67, added on June 16th, 2008 at 4:00 AM.

Losing something or somebody who we value and love so much is a painful and
difficult experience. But we all have to learn to accept that death,
failures, separations and letting gos are bitter truths of life. However,
as Freneau tells us through the poem, we should never dwell on our down
moments. We should not allow our sorrows and frustrations to control us for
we still have a life to live. True, mourning over a loss or death is a part
of the process, but we should not cling on to it for too long. We should
still learn how to get up and pick the broken pieces, move on, and learn to
live and love once more. I like the verse on loving once more tomorrow.
Love is meant to be shared. Everyone deserves to be happy. Everybody
deserves to love and be loved. Death and separation should never stop us
from feeling and giving out our love to others.

Louie Merced from Philippines
Comment 6 of 67, added on June 15th, 2008 at 7:32 AM.

Philip Freneau is such a romantic poet! His poem seems smooth and lovely in
a way he expresses. Personally I love the last line, "Love again tomorrow."
Isn't it beautiful? (^_^) I agree to other people's comment! It gave me
positive thinking which is more likely to smile on my face. Everything
depends on the thinking I suppose. And it reminded one of my favorite
quotation which is, "Words can be beautiful. So can dreams. So can hopes."
Reading at his poem (the Song of Thyrsis), gave me glimpse of little
research about who is Thyrsis? Because when I first read the poem, I
couldn't get the connection with the turtle and Thyrsis. So, I have some of
my own analyzation that maybe the turtle was owned by Thyrsis or Thyrsis's
(the sheperd) lost in the singing contest gives similar feeling of
sorrowness or sadness like what experienced by the turtle's mate who was
murdered by someone else. Im sure everybody once experienced sadness or
sorrowness in ones life! This poem has a connection with the life of Philip
Freneau, it said in the history that he had a financial hardship because of
his father's financial losses and death. Moreover Philip did not want the
social turmoil and war happenings in his country where he decided to find
happiness to the other place. Where he spent some of his life in writing
the beautiful poems which he really love to do. I think this poem gives
"Chances and Hopes" to everyone who read this poem~

Cho Tol- Tol Park from Philippines
Comment 5 of 67, added on June 10th, 2008 at 8:48 AM.

I definitely agree with Judith and Kim - that this poem of Freneau is very
optimistic in nature. Today, many find it hard to be optimistic and be
happy with life. I find it weird that some people need to go to comedy bars
to make themselves happy, at least for a while. But Freneau, through his
poem, proved that we can be happy when we are optimistic. I love how he
used the feeling of love to capture the hardships of the people because it
is a very catchy emotion and because we all can relate to it. All of us
experienced love and maybe experienced a love that is lost - love for a
friend that is lost, etc. Moreover, I love the human in him. Though he
talks about optimism, he also talks about sorrow, which humans definitely
undergo every now and then. For me, that is the best way to send across the
message of optimism.

Lianne Gonzalvo from Philippines
Comment 4 of 67, added on June 9th, 2008 at 2:44 AM.

This is one of the most inspiring poems I've ever read. Philip Freneau have
successfully showed how life, although it could be miserable and sorrowful,
things will always fall back to their right places. It shows a great deal
of optimism in one's perception of life.

Jane Kimberly M. Camarse from Philippines
Comment 3 of 67, added on June 9th, 2008 at 2:25 AM.

this is one of the most inspiring poems I've ever read. Philip Freneau have
successfully showed how life, although it could be sorrowful and miserable,
it could always be sweet and that things will always eventually fall back
to their right places.

Jane Kimberly M. Camarse from Philippines
Comment 2 of 67, added on June 6th, 2008 at 8:14 AM.

I like the way Philip Freneau uses analogy as he refers to human life and
dealing with sorrow.

He uses the turtledove that mourns the death of her mate; but eventually
goes with another comrade, willingly taking the chance to be happy again.

I think Philip Freneau tries to tell us, readers that come a time when
grief arrives, we should not dwell on that negative feeling. Instead, we
should move on with our lives, face tomorrow and be happy again. I believe
that this optimism is a great tool for living a contented life; however, I
also want to add that what Philip Freneau's message is easier said than

The character of Thyrsis (Virgil's Eclogue 7), from what I've found out in
the Internet, was a sheperd who lost who lost a singing contest. Just like
the turtle, Thyrsis has found himself in a lamentable situation. I think
Freneau uses Thyrsis for his title because: (a) Thyrsis' character reflects
what Freneau tries to convey in his poem, about being able to overcome
losses and moving on, or (b)in a sense, we are all the character Thyrsis,
having our own difficult times; this poem is our song, telling us not to
linger on despair but to "love again tomorrow".

Judith Ochengco from Philippines
Comment 1 of 67, added on April 26th, 2006 at 6:43 AM.

Albert Tepper created a lovely piece of music based on this poem for chorus
and piano. Professor Tepper is from Hofstra University in Hempstead New
York. He has written many wonderful pieces.

Ellen Johansen from United States

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Poet: Philip Freneau
Poem: Song of Thyrsis
Volume: The Little Book of American Poets: 1787-1900
Year: 1915
Added: Feb 26 2004
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