Sestina of a Tramp-Royal - Quia

Sestina of a Tramp-Royal - Quia

Sestina of the TrampRoyal Rudyard Kipling Poem Text Speakin in general, I ave tried em all But that's no reason man should labour all The appy roads that take you oer the world. Is life on one same shiftlifes none so long. Speakin in general, I ave found them good For such as cannot use one bed too long, But must get ence, the same as I ave done, An go observin matters till they die. Therefore, from job to job Ive moved along. Pay couldnt old me when my time was done, For something in my ead upset it all, Till I ad dropped whatever twas for good, What do it matter where or ow we die, An, out at sea, beeld the dock-lights die, So long as weve our ealth to watch it all An met my matethe wind that tramps the world!

The different ways that different things are done, An men an women lovin in this world; Takin our chances as they come along, An when they aint, pretendin they are good? Its like a book, I think, this bloomin world, Which you can read and care for just so long, But presently you feel that you will die Sestina The Poems Style 1 2 3 4 5 6 Speakin in general, I ave tried em all The appy roads that take you oer the world. Speakin in general, I ave found them good For such as cannot use one bed too long, But must get ence, the same as I ave done, An go observin matters till they die. 4 5 1 3

6 2 What do it matter where or ow we die, So long as weve our ealth to watch it all The different ways that different things are done, An men an women lovin in this world; Takin our chances as they come along, An when they aint, pretendin they are good? 6 1 5 2 4 In cash or creditno, it arent no good; 3 You ave to ave the abit or youd die, Unless you lived your life but one day long, 3 Nor didnt prophesy nor fret at all, 6 But drew your tucker someow from the world, 4 An never bothered what you might ha done. 1 But, Gawd, what things are they I avent done? 2 Ive turned my and to most, an turned it good, 5 In various situations round the world For im that doth not work must surely die; 5 3 2 6 1

4 2 4 6 5 3 1 2 4 6 5 3 1 But that's no reason man should labour all Is life on one same shiftlifes none so long. Therefore, from job to job Ive moved along. Pay couldnt old me when my time was done, For something in my ead upset it all, Till I ad dropped whatever twas for good, An, out at sea, beeld the dock-lights die, An met my matethe wind that tramps the world! Its like a book, I think, this bloomin world, Which you can read and care for just so long, But presently you feel that you will die Unless you get the page youre readin done, An turn anotherlikely not so good; But what youre after is to turn em all. Gawd bless this world! Whatever she ath done

Excep when awful long Ive found it good. So write, before I die, E liked it all! (1896) Title Analysis * Recall Title: Sestina of the Tramp-Royal A tramp is a wanderer or a bum, an idea which sharply contrasts with the concept of royal Question: What is royalty? How is the tramp royal? Possible Answer: The tramp is rich in life, in experiences and in understanding Possible Sarcasm: Character believes that he is wealthy, when in fact he is impoverished, like a tramp Tramp in the poem: stanza 5: Wind triumphs over world, as does he Sestina is a circular poem, developing ideas but not a plot: This poem discusses the narrators journey in circles throughout life The poem also mentions the theme of life, which is circular as well Developing ideas: concept of being done with obligations; recognition of lack of finality in life until death; what makes up the world Paraphrase Stanza 1: Narrator discusses his wide variety of experiences; expresses belief in change, to see new things Stanza 4: Discusses narrators personal experiences in all aspects of life; role of work in life as a positive factor, claims one should

not always do the same work Stanza 2: Means of death not important in life, but the importance of having observed the world and taken chances as they came while seeing everything optimistically Stanza 5: Explains his migrations; unexplainable motivation to move on; found kinship with the wind Stanza 3: Life is about experiences, not about money or about living a hermetic life Stanza 6: Metaphor of world as bookneed to turn the pages with the goal of getting to the end Stanza 7: The world (i.e. life) is sweet in its brevity Connotation Diction: abbreviation and slang of lower classes Extended metaphor: Life=book Irony: literacy of narrator? His point: Is reading a pleasure or a necessity? What about life? Symbolism of nature in poem: Stanza 5: the wind that tramps the world! Only mention of nature Wind=both powerful and ephemeral

Second definition of tramps: destroys; overcomes; STRENGTH Repetition Speaking in generalsignificantly leaves out details of occupations Gawdlofty idea; exclamation; recognition of end of life Reference to death: die (6); life (3); live (1) Seems close to death (What are things that I havent done; past tense; before I die)knowledge that end is coming, but with optimism of narrator; almost foolish bliss Attitude Of narrator: *Blissful *Judgmental *Tranquil *Lofty *Accepting *Didactic Enjoy your temporary visit! Move on. Attitude

Of author: *Blissful *Judgmental *Tranquil *Lofty *Accepting *Didactic Its true, the world is beautiful. Take off those glasses already! Shift Stanza 3 : ft i h s

e r o f e b n o i s s Discu d many a h g in v a h ects of Positive asp s experience he did s a o d ld

u s ho why others mulated e e b ld u o How he sh Discus sion a fter sh ift: Wha t more he has Hints to do that m ay time w orking be he should be s pe Justifi nding

es hi m less self Feeli ng tha t he ha what? s finish ed the To co b o o k: ntinue no in the sa m e p lace or to die? Title (2) After completion of sestina, role of form is better understood Notice double meaning of word tramp: both a wanderer and one with consummate power here, narrator is possibly both Tramp-royal is noticed as being an inverse phrase, leading to the second definition of tramp as being a better interpretation than otherwise

Themes Life and its shortness Travelling and occupations Recreation and work Life as a journey EDYT N I E T S K DIC RUDY A RD KI P L I N G

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