Stanza 15 No I am not Prince Hamlet nor was meant to be Am an attendant lord

Stanza 15 no i am not prince hamlet nor was meant to

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Stanza 15: No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do To swell a progress, start a scene or two, Advise the prince, no doubt, an easy tool, Deferential, glad to be of use, Politic, cautious, and meticulous; Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse; At times, indeed, almost ridiculous— Almost, at times, the Fool. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Allusion to Hamlet, he is indecisive like Hamlet and talks too much. However he says he isn't like  Hamlet at all as he states he was ‘not meant to be’ as a result of Hamlet’s overwhelming question.  He therefore compares himself to a lower lord as it suits his characteristics better, taking the cau- tious route and acting like an ‘easy tool’. He concludes he is a tool but its too late to do anything.  Theatrical allusions to a play, and he wants to assume another role, relating back to ‘masks’ from  earlier. ‘advise the prince’ shows a strong denying of acting as the role of Hamlet. ‘meticulous’ illustrates an accumulation of ‘what can I be?’ ‘full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse’ shows his fantasises, he speculates who he could be. ‘almost at times, the fool’ emphasises how he came back down to Earth, realises he is too scared  to take that role. Stanza 16: I grow old…I grow old… I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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He admits and no longer hides that he’s getting older and older through the passage of time. As  he’s already failed to make one big decision, he’s going to pretend that he is assertive and confi- dent by making some minor decisions through the rolled trousers. ‘i grow old’ shows he is reflecting on anxiety of ageing. ‘trousers rolled’ is ironic to being well dressed in 7th stanza. Juxtaposition of something meaningful and big compared to something trivial. This is also comedic. Stanza 17: Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have head the mermaids singing, each to each. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ‘do i dare eat a peach’ is a double contandra, his anxiety is peaking as he is questioning every- thing. He continues to attempt to make tiny decisions as he has missed the big chance, being interested  in food and fashion, and visit the ocean. He has ‘heard’ the mermaids singing to each other suggesting it is a past event. Mermaids is also  romantic imagery. Stanza 18: I do not think that they will sing to me. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Further shows his lack of confidence, as he even believes mermaids wont sing for him, emphasis- ing isolation.
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