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The poem deals with Tennyson's familiar themes of uncertainty and indecision. It is about Tennyson's efforts to overcome his grief and find comfort in God and the knowledge of Heaven. Tennyson was a believing Christian, and his faith in the afterlife was firm yet at the same time he doubted. One can find the lyrics to the poem In Memoriam on websites like .
In summary, In Memoriam by Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson is about faith and acknowledgement of God as the creator. It is, generally speaking, a tribute to the 'Strong Son of God'. It is also a prayer that God help people to see His light.
A dear friend of Tennyson, Arthur Henry Hallum, has passed away, and "In Memoriam" is a collection of poems written in the aftermath of this profound loss. The poems struggle with grief, despair, faith doubt. Although the poem has been thought to have been more defined by spiritual uncertainty than confidence, it is perhaps best summarized by the well-known quote from the 27th segment:
"Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all."
In Memorian is a requiem for a friend named Arthur Henry Hallam, who died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage in Vienna.
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