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How does Tennyson conveys his thoughts and feelings in the poem 'Maud' from "Dead, long...

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waania1 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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How does Tennyson conveys his thoughts and feelings in the poem 'Maud' from "Dead, long dead.. " till "..is enough to drive one mad"?

The question is specifically about part XXVI of the peom. And the answer is supposed to be more associated with the narrator and not Tennyson's past.

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thepurplebooks | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM (Answer #1)

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Is this for IGCSE? I'm studying the same thing for my IGCSEs.


In this extract, the narrator wants to die ("dead, long dead"), but can't. So instead, he considers himself dead. He buries himself within himself. That's why the grave is "shallow".

Tennyson shows that the person has withered away to "dust" and is therefore, dead (you know how everything goes ashes to ashes and dust to dust); the fact that the "wheels do over (his) head" shows that he's under the ground and experiencing all the drama of life even when he's dead and he feels like everything - the people "drving, hurrying, marrying, burrying"- are trampling on his head. It also symbolizes how the cycle of life goes on, even when Maud's dead (and he is too, in his head). This angers him.

The fact that hooves of the horses beat into the marrators "scalp and  brain" shows that he is extremely frustrated. These sounds are quite litterally doing his head in. The narrator wants an escap from life but instead, he's faced with the sounds of the living and a "dead man('s) chatter"

Tennyson expresses despair when he says that the narrator "thought the dead had peace; but it is not so" because all he wanted was a way for him to escape everything in this world but he has not.

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