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Hannah Gebauer
Mr. Saad
Honors English
12-16-10
Contemplating the Differences

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven/A time to love, and a time to hate/A time of war, and a time of peace” (Solomon 1,2,16,17). “Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8” is a section from the King James version Bible that explains that for everything a person does, there is a particular time to follow the action out. “Seven Ages of Man” draws the image in one’s mind of an infant growing into an adult with awkward phases and life experiences thrown into a timeline. A poem mainly consists of its theme, structure, and poetic terms; rhyme, rhyme scheme, imagery, personification, etc. When all of these elements are combined, it creates its own individual piece of art. “Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8” and “Seven Ages of Man” are both phenomenally written, but their symbolism, tone, and structure differs greatly.

Although each poem is notably diverse, symbolism has made its way into both uniquely. “Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8” describes how every experience has a time already planned out for it. The saying, “only time can tell”, justifies that you can’t predict the outcome of an event, but time always will. The death of a loved one, the birth of a life, starting of a war, and even the decision of peace is not directly made until the time has come to call it forth. In “Seven Ages of Man” Shakespeare explains, “ All the worlds a stage, and all men and women merely players” (Shakespeare 1,2). This creates the idea that life is but one enthralling play on the evolution of man. Every stage of life is like a scene in a play and you are your own lead in the play of life and every poem symbolizes something different for everyone. When it comes down to it, it goes to show that no poem is like the other and symbolism is just one way to prove it.

The symbolism in each individual poem is exceptional, however Shakespeare and Solomon have distinctly different attitudes that allow...
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