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Sir Walter Raleighs turbulent life in the British court showed him just how cruel the world of politics could be When he was imprisoned in a trial that was called a mockery of justice Williams 143 he became very bitter towards the court of England His anger and opinions were expressed in his writing and they helped to mold his literary voice Presumably penned in 1603 upon his imprisonment and sentence of death The Passionate Mans Pilgrimage addresses the events that brought him to his present condition as he prepares himself for a much happier life after death Raleigh constructs this piece using a combination of different metrical and rhythmic patterns to express his defiance of formal structure and uses the idea of the pilgrimage to illustrate his journey towards the rightful judgement he so desires in heavenRaleigh made a point of not conforming to the norms of the stylized poetry at the time His passion and drive coupled with his anger and emotion drew from him a style of poetry that was completely his own and this is all evident in The Passionate Mans Pilgrimage Instead of writing in the fashionable iambic pentameter - the form mastered by Petrarch and others - this poem has many different metrical and rhythmic patterns throughout The first stanza is iambic tetrameter with many substitutions For example the opening line begins with a trochaic substitution the stress is on give rather than me The sixth line ends with a pyric substitution Rhythmically the first stanza is a-b-a-b followed by a rhyming coupletRaleigh uses the pilgrim -one who journeys usually a long distance to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion OED online- to describe himself as he prepares for his death He is about to embark on the ultimate pilgrimage -the course of mortal life figured as a journeyespecially as a journey to a future state of rest or blessedness OED online Raleigh demands for all
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