How does Maud's death impact the psychological state of the narrator?this question is based on an extract lines 239 - 258 "dead long dead ...............Is enough to drive one mad" give your answer...

How does Maud's death impact the psychological state of the narrator?

this question is based on an extract lines 239 - 258 "dead long dead ...............Is enough to drive one mad" give your answer based within the lines mentioned from the poem "Maud:a monodrama"

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this is the extract that I refer to

"Dead, long dead,
Long dead!
And my heart is a handful of dust,
And the wheels go over my head,
And my bones are shaken with pain,
For into a shallow grave they are thrust,
Only a yard beneath the street,
And the hoofs of the horses beat, beat,
The hoofs of the horses beat,
Beat into my scalp and my brain,
With never an end to the stream of passing feet,
Driving, hurrying, marrying, burying,
Clamour and rumble, and ringing and clatter,
And here beneath it is all as bad,
For I thought the dead had peace, but it is not so;
To have no peace in the grave, is that not sad?
But up and down and to and fro,
Ever about me the dead men go;
And then to hear a dead man chatter
Is enough to drive one mad
."

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When exploring the long poem 'Maud' by Alfred Lord Tennyson, it is important to remember that the narrator was already psychologically disturbed even before he hears of Maud's death. He may have been feeling insecure, threatened angry and bitter over the injustice in business dealings. Added to this psychological upheaval is the fact that he is isolated and away from familair surroundings in Brittany, France. So the narrator is in no fit state to receive more bad news of the worst kind. Already grief-stricken and depressed, it is no wonder that he was plunged into periods of insanity and remorse so severe that he was locked up in a madhouse in London. His father's suicide, betrayal in business and absence from his loved one had all been too much and contributed to a mental breakdown.

thepurplebooks | Student

Maud's death and other traumatic experiences make the narrator want to die. In this extract, he decides to bury himself within himself. He wants to die and escape the noises of life, but that is not possible. Instead, he only considers himself dead. As a result of that, he is extremely disturbed and can't stand it.

Maud's death made the narrator highly sensitive to the world around him. So sensitive, that everything bothered him, he had no peace even though he considered himself dead.

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hamuah | Student

As you have read in Tennysons previous poems like in memorian,Tennyson is already depressed due to certain mishaps in his family .Here ,he simply wants everything to stop so that he can have peace in his life so tries to image he is dead.

 

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