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Requiem- by l stevenson


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Requiem- by l stevenson

  1. 1. “Requiem” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 2. Robert Louis Stevenson Born on November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Robert Louis Stevenson traveled often, and his global wanderings lent themselves well to his brand of fiction. Stevenson developed a desire to write early in life, having no interest in the family business of lighthouse engineering. Publishing his first volume at the age of 28, Stevenson became a literary celebrity during his life when works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were released to eager audiences. He died in Samoa in 1894.” Requiem” was written in 1890 ( some years before his death) during late victorianism and the beginning of modernism. The epithet on his gravestone in Samoa carries the final three lines of this poem
  3. 3. Poem UNDER the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lie: Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you 'grave for me: Here he lies where he long'd to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill.
  4. 4. Analysis “Requiem” embraces the end of all of our lives which is inevitably dying. The title glorifies everyone who has gone through their noble end, since Requiem means “a mass for the dead” or “a solemn chant for the repose of the dead”. The reader is able to witness someone who doesn't fear death, but that is ready for it.
  5. 5. Themes and Tones Themes: ● Life’s Journey ● Life and Death ● Embracing our destiny ● Acceptance of Mortality Tones: ● Serene ● Calm ● At Ease
  6. 6. Literary devices ● ‘Under the wide and starry sky’ - visual imagery, showing a Serene and calm environment ● Repetition of the word “home” throughout the second stanza ● Two metaphors about the grave which represent the voice’s idea of death, being a soothing rest. ● “sailor… home from sea” is a metaphor explains his view on death
  7. 7. Essay Question : How does Stevenson portrays the themes life and death.