Monsieur's Departure

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On Monsieur’s Departure

This poem is one of the nicest poems, which was written by Queen Elizabeth I. Her poems, speeches and translations illustrate her political genius and her rhetorical ingenuity. The “On Monsieur’s departure” is a poem that talks about love. Queen Elizabeth I fell in love, but because of her position she couldn’t reveal her true feelings. She couldn’t decide what to do and at the end she was very frustrated because unfortunately she had to ignore her feelings because of who she was.

“I grieve and dare not show my discontent, I love and yet I am forced to seem to hate….”. The first two lines from the first stanza shows that the speaker of the poem confesses her feelings about the love she feels inside of her and the fact that she has to ignore them because of her position. She feels cold because she rejects her love and yet inside she is burning of love. “I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned”. The antithesis used in the 5th line is meant to emphasize the fact that she didn’t know what to do with the problem she was facing. She is burning inside but freezing because she can’t express her feelings to anyone.

In the second stanza she starts with a simile. “ My care is like my shadow in the sun…” She is using this comparison to show that her care, in other words her love, is actually her burden, which is like her shadow in the sun following her where ever she goes. She wants to attack her own shadow for following her around. Of course here she is referring to her burden. The feeling that she could never reveal, her love. “No means I find to rid him from my breast, till by the end of things it be suppressed”. The two last lines of the second stanza concentrate on the idea of how she cant find any means to get rid of the burden she feels, so she goes on saying that it will somehow disappear on the Day of Judgment. In the second stanza we also notice the alliteration of the letter F. “Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it”. Queen...
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