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Analysis and comments on Song of Thyrsis by Philip Freneau

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Comment 3 of 63, 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 63, 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
done.

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 63, 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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