Historical Context in Solitude

Historical Context Examples in Solitude:

Solitude 1

"nectar'd wine..."   (Solitude)

In Greek mythology, “nectar,” or ambrosia, is the food of the Gods on Mount Olympus. Mount Olympus was a place of excessive pleasure and comfort. In using this language, the speaker casts the positive side of life as an almost edenic existence. This allusion suggests that if one laughs instead of weeping, or rejoices instead of grieving, then they will enjoy the comfort of the gods on earth.