Please summarize Tennyson's poem "Tithonus."

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Tennyson's Tithonus is a poem, which is written as a single monologue from its titular character. Tithonus was born an average man but was chosen to be the lover of Aurora, the goddess of the dawn. He asks Aurora for immortality so that they may live together in love forever. However, Tithonus realizes that immortality isn't exactly what he envisioned when he first asked for it.

The Hours, who are the goddesses that accompany Aurora, become jealous that Tithonus and Aurora will be together forever. They take vengeance by turning Tithonus into an old man but not letting him die. Tithonus calls himself the "white-hair'd shadow". He laments the fact that all around him life decays and is reborn yet he remains, old and withered.

In the poem, Tithonus realizes that he doesn't want to be immortal anymore. He is haunted by his old age in comparison to Aurora's eternal youth. He asks Aurora to end his gift of immortality to end his suffering.

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You can read an excellent summary of the poem right here at eNotes at the site linked below. Briefly, the poem is both a declaration of love and a lament that that love can't be eternal.

Tithonus is in love with the goddess of the dawn, Aurora. Because of her love for him, the gods grant Tithonus immortality. However, she forgot to ask that he be given eternal youth. So while he will live forever, he will continue to grow older and older. While he was young, Tithonus felt blessed to be immortal, but as he ages, he begins to resent his lover and the gift she got for him. He laments his lost youth and vitality, and he longs for death. Just the sight of the coming dawn used to inflame his desire for his love, but now in his old age he feels no passion for her.

In Greek mythology, Eos (the Greek name for the Roman goddess Aurora) turned Tithonus into a grasshopper.

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