Comment 2 of 62, 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".