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S: Charles Lamb

BC: Merriman, C.D. "Charles Lamb." Online-Literature. Web. 18 March. 2012. "The Old Familiar Faces." Bartleby. Web. 18 March. 2012 Winifred F. Courtney. "Charles Lamb." Poetry Foundation. Web. 18 March. 2012.

FC: Charles Lamb | 1774-1834

1: Born on February 10,1774 at the Inner Temple of London's England's Royal Courts of Justice

2: His Life

3: Charles had two siblings, a brother and a sister. He and his sister became very close. They both suffered from mental breaks. During one break, his sister Mary murdered their mother. Charles became her guardian and she helped him write.

4: After graduating from boarding school in 1789. he got a job as an accountant but still wrote poetry, plays, and essays. He lived at home again, but pretty soon a series of unfortunate events. His brother lost his job, Mary murdered their mother, and Charles was hospitalized for insanity. This left Charles as head of the family at age 21.

6: After the deaths of their father and aunt, Charles and Mary moved and settled at another living quarters of the Temple. They had many friends and acquaintances, who would always visit the Lambs.

7: Charles would take solitary walks around the city, just breathing it in. He found inspiration in the fast paced life of the city.

9: In 1817 the Lambs adopted Emma Isola, who brought much joy to their lives. They both absolutely adored her, and she married one of Charles' lifelong friend Edward Moxon

10: Charles lamb died on December 27, 1834. He was walking and fell, injuring his face. His wounds got infected, which caused him to die. He is buried in th All Saint's Churchyard in Edmonton, his sister Mary buried beside him.

12: The Old Familiar Faces by Charles Lamb

14: I HAVE had playmates, I have had companions, In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days— All, all are gone, the old familiar faces I have been laughing, I have been carousing, Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies— All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

15: In the first two stanzas, Charles is reminiscing about his childhood. He remembers his old friends that he will never see again. The second stanza is more of the same, where he is reminiscing about his school.

16: I loved a Love once, fairest among women: Closed are her doors on me, I must not see her— All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

17: In the third stanza Charles is remembering his wonderful mother, who he will never get to see again because she is dead.

18: I have a friend, a kinder friend has no man: Like an ingrate, I left my friend abruptly; Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces.

19: In the fourth stanza, Charles is lamenting the death of his best friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

20: Ghost-like I paced round the haunts of my childhood, Earth seem'd a desert I was bound to traverse, Seeking to find the old familiar faces.

21: In the fifth stanza, Charles compares himself to a ghost, wandering alone through a past time. He feels like it he was supposed to remember when he was happy, because he will never be happy again.

22: Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother, Why wert not thou born in my father's dwelling? So might we talk of the old familiar faces—

23: In the sixth stanza, Charles once again remembers his friend, Coleridge, who he loved as a brother. He is questioning why they had not been brothers.

24: How some they have died, and some they have left me, And some are taken from me; all are departed— All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

25: In the final stanza, Charles reflects on how everyone he knew and loved are now all gone. He is alone.

26: Theme: No one can allude the future. Form: Free verse

27: Tone The tone is morose and reminiscent. Speaker: Charles Lamb

28: -Charles uses repetition to emphasize the loss of his loved ones. -He uses simile to show how we wanders the earth. -He uses anaphora to indicate the past.

29: -Charles uses diction to create the mood of deepest sorrow, especially when he talks about his best friend. -He also uses metaphor to impress the vastness of the earth he travels.

30: Connection to Never Let Me Go

31: This poem connects to Never Let Me Go because both the poem and novel reminiscence about their past and the people in them.

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