How is Elizabeth I portrayed in the poem "Elizabeth" by Michael Ondaatje and in the poem "When I was Fair and Young" by Elizabeth I?

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In "Elizabeth I," by Michael Ondaatje, Elizabeth socializes in the prestigious circles. Finding herself in such a regal state is not always favorable. Witnessing the execution of close friends is often part of the royal life.

Life is precious, but small details are even more to be cherished when you live a life of royalty. Privacy is never taken for granted. A saltless fishy kiss is a moving experience.

Details are the meaning of life. Playing catch with Dad is the highlight of one's day, especially since the ball is really an apple, an apple the color of Mrs. Kelly's burn. This ordinary game of catch is extraordinary when private moments are often nonexistant.

In "When I Was Fair and Young" by Elizabeth I, again, the simple things in life are often what make the best memories. The simple favor upon Elizabeth's life makes her a popular favorite among the pining men who would beg to have an opportunity to be with her.

Ekizabeth has the advantage of picking and choosing and then choosing none, until she confronts Venus' son, a sheer human god. He is the absolute fantasy of all fantasies.

No doubt, being royal has its perks. Then again, it has its extreme disadvantages. Nonetheless, the simple things in life are cherished. Nothing is taken for granted.                            



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