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The main theme of the poem "Ring Out, Wild Bells" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is Renewal. This is apparent in the opening stanza where the poet writes: The year is dying in the night;...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2012 7:01 pm UTC

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Section 54 of "In Memoriam" is a section where Tennyson displays some of his deepest doubts about the meaning of life and mankind's place in the universe. The entire poem was written to process...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 11:57 pm UTC

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This section of Lord Tennyson's "In Memoriam" can be analyzed several ways, including in terms of its autobiographical meaning, its literary devices, and its sound devices. From an autobiographical...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018 5:01 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2014 8:31 pm UTC

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Notable literary elements in Tennyson’s poem “In Memoriam” can be interpreted effectively relative to aspects of form and structure. The majority of poetry in the past was written to conform to...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013 2:37 am UTC

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An elegiac poem tends to express feelings of great mourning. Therefore, an elegiac poem tends to be written about someone or something that has passed away and is gone forever. Tennyson's In...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 6:21 pm UTC

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In "Ring Out, Wild Bells"—by Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson—you will be able to find many examples of the literary device called personification. Personification describes a non-human...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 6:54 am UTC

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In Memoriam A. H. H. by Tennyson is a vast work that reveals characteristics of Victorian poetic theory in myriad ways. A small sampling here that will give guidance as to Tennyson's implementation...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2010 2:50 am UTC

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The speaker of this poem to all intents and purposes can be taken as being Tennyson himself, as he writes an intensely personal poem describing his struggle to come to terms with the death of his...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 1:54 pm UTC

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This section of this famous poem on the topic of grief and how Tennyson handles the death of his close friend, Alfred Hallam, deals with how Tennyson tries to comfort himself that although his...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2013 12:24 pm UTC

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In this section of the poem the speaker contemplates an old tree that lies in a graveyard and is so close to the graves that it "graspest" at the gravestones themselves. This tree is seen as a...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2013 3:34 pm UTC

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Tennyson's dear friend Arthur Henry Hallam had died more than fifteen years before. Tennyson grieved long for his companion and wrote this poem to memorialize him. In this section, Tennyson reaches...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 1:03 am UTC

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Let us remember that above all this poem concerns Tennyson's battle with his Christian faith in the light of scientific advances made in the Victorian era that seemed to disprove Christianity and...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2011 5:46 pm UTC

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"In Memoriam," a poem Tennyson composed in memory of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died suddenly in 1833, appeared in 1849. During the 17 years it took Tennyson to write his poem,...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 6:24 pm UTC

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In Memoriam isn't so much a poem as a collection of poems; 131, of them, to be precise. (Or 133, if you include the prologue and epilogue). Each individual poem, or canto, is comprised of four...

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Understanding of the Limits of Rationality in Light of the Inexpressability of Grief In Memoriam A. H. H. is, first and foremost, a poem in which Tennyson wrestles with the sudden and early death...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 12:40 am UTC

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In this section of this tremendous poem, the speaker describes one Christmas soon after Hallam's death where he is struggling to get into the festive spirit, burdened as he is by the death of...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2012 7:18 am UTC

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"Ring out, wild bells" starts with a plea for change, addressed to nature itself: "The year is dying in the night; / Ring out, wild bells, and let him die." It pauses on an image of snow, which is...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016 6:36 am UTC

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Tennyson is able to use sound in a very distinct way. Sound does support meaning in a some noteworthy ways. One way is in the poem's rhyme scheme. The four stanzas feature rhyming patterns in...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2014 2:55 pm UTC

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Although a few isolated characters appear in some of the sections of In Memoriam A. H. H., there are really only three main characters in the poem. The first is Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the poet; the...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 3:28 am UTC

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In Section 67, the speaker finds that the moonlight that falls upon him at night when he is in bed makes him think of Arthur Hallam, the close friend whose death inspired this collection of poems,...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2012 7:14 am UTC

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Section 7 of this powerful poem is a very clear and evocative description of grief that identifies the kind of impact that loss is having on the speaker. He describes himself as being "like a...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012 6:45 am UTC

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I have to take issue with #2. Whilst the poem is overtly about Tennyson's struggle to come to terms with the death of a deeply-loved friend, this is used to express Tennyson's reflection on the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 8:58 pm UTC

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The weaknesses of Tennyson, in the text "In Memoriam," depend upon an individual reader's interpretation and understanding of the poem. Unfortunately, there will be some readers who believe, and...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2011 8:35 am UTC

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Introduction In Memoriam A. H. H., the long elegiac poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, consists of 131 sections, sometimes called cantos, plus a prologue and an epilogue. Although the poem's individual...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 1:05 pm UTC

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I agree with the second post. Like many great elegies (such as "Lycidas," by John Milton, or the "Anniversary" poems of John Donne), this poem does much more than simply memorialize a dead person....

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 2:00 am UTC

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In Canto VII Tennyson is reminded of his late friend, Hallam, by visiting the place (the "dark house") where Hallam once lived. At night, the memory keeps Tennyson awake, and so he finds himself...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2017 11:55 am UTC

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Learning how to scan poems takes practice. The first step is reading the lines aloud and hearing the alternation of weak and strong syllables as you naturally pronounce them. For a more analytic...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2017 3:23 am UTC

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson's work, In Memorium, was an enormous success. It was written during the Victorian era, seen as a chaotic time of "scientific discovery and growing industrialization." Many...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2011 1:56 am UTC

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This particular section of this wonderful poem, in which Tennyson explores his response to the loss of his best friend, Arthur Hallam, describes the first Christmas after Hallam's death. However...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2012 6:45 am UTC

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Rapid scientific advances and technological changes in the nineteenth century led Victorians to feel anxious about their society, their historical views, and how they saw themselves. This century...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2018 9:56 pm UTC

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In Memoriam A. H. H. is masterful in its structure and style. To fully appreciate and interpret the work, readers must be familiar with the biographical context in which it was written. The piece...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 2:53 pm UTC

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Tis better to have loved and lostThan never to have loved at all. The above quote is so famous it is tempting to think of it as coming from ancient folklore rather than a Victorian poem written...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 12:18 pm UTC

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