The Poem from In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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How does Tennyson show a sense of loss in In Memoriam in sections VII (7) and LXXVIII (78)?

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In Section 78, the speaker describes one Christmas and how the normal festive spirit ruled and the normal games were played to amuse everybody. He begins to debate whether the sense of crippling loss that he feels at the death of Hallam can actually fade away, however, the final stanza clearly indicates that although that loss may take a different form and change slightly, it is still very much present:

O last regret, regret can die!

No--mixt with all this mystic frame,

Her deep relations are the same,

But with long use her tears are dry.

Regret, here personified as a female...

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