Could you please help me analyze stanzas 54, 55 and 56 in ' "In Memoriam" by Tennyson?
Dedicated to his deceased friend of five years, Arthur Henry Hallman Alfred Lord Tennyson's "In Memoriam" loosely follows the pattern of a pastoral elegy. Thematic of this elegy is Tennyson's examination of the trials that all humans must suffer in life, trials that challenge people's theological beliefs and the overriding existential question of man's purpose on earth. Written in abab stanzas of iambic tetrameter, the tonal quality of "In Momoriam" has been characterized both as one of mourning, but has also been critized for being rather monotonous in its rhyme and conflict of faith with doubt. Certainly, Cantos 54,55, and 56 exemplify this conflct.
In Canto LIV , Tennyson writes that Christians trust that all souls will be gathered together into one soul, yet the speaker is doubtful:
I can but trust that good shall...
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