How has the poet portrayed the theme of friendship in the poem "The Light of the Other Days"?
The poet Thomas Moore has portrayed the theme of friendship in the poem "The Light of Other Days" through reminiscing and through bringing ‘fond’ memories of friendships to the forefront of his mind. He looks back on the good and not-so-good times of his youth – his boyhood time. He finds great comfort in these memories as this was a time of vibrant living, love, and enjoying life with lively and energetic youths. Thomas Moore even speaks of youthful love and the words spoken at that time as he and others embraced love and sought it.
The poet portrays friendship as something very valuable and something to hold onto for as long as one can. Friendship is portrayed as enduring in memory only now. This is because people grow old and die; friends die. What is left is the beautiful recollections of good times, love, and experiences shared. The poet says that as we age eyes that at one time shone are
“Now dimm’d and gone,
Fond memories become sad memories sometimes because in life many of one’s friends can pass away - whether prematurely or of old age. Those left behind, as is the poet in this case, feel the pain of loneliness. They lose the joy of treasured friendships and must carry on alone, or work at making new friends.
Thomas Moore laments that he and all his friends that were “link’d together” are no longer enjoying this wonderful time because many have passed away. He feels that he is now traversing through life alone and he misses the bonds of friendship that helped sustain him in his youth. Therefore, friendship is presented as a vital component of one’s life in this poem – true friends contribute greatly to a person’s life and are to be highly-valued.