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Tears, Idle Tears

In the context of the poem, "divine despair" refers to a kind of spiritual feeling that seems to be welling up inside the speaker's soul. It is causing him to feel incredibly sad, so much so that...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2020 10:59 am UTC

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Tears, Idle Tears

[ANALYSIS CONTINUED FROM ABOVE] In stanza three, the speaker once again uses imagery associated with the passage of a day, and once again ambiguous, ambivalent imagery is stressed: “summer dawns”...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2012 12:56 am UTC

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Tears, Idle Tears

This is a poem whose main focus is on the way that past times and memories impact us in the present, even though these days are "no more." The poem is a lament for the way in which relentless time...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 7:24 pm UTC

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Tears, Idle Tears

In Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “Tears, Idle Tears,” the phrase “Death in Life” occurs in the very final line and epitomizes, in many ways, the ambiguous, ambivalent, paradoxical language and tone...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2012 1:15 am UTC

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Tears, Idle Tears

If you look at the last part of your quotation, the poet really does give you the answer. Even the title, "tears, idle tears" provides you with part of the answer. In the past which was sad but...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 1:41 am UTC

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Tears, Idle Tears

The theme of memory in Tears, Idle Tears by Tennyson is shown as both beautiful and painful. The speaker contemplates his life and thinks about past days, the "days that are no more," which were...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2017 3:04 pm UTC

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Tears, Idle Tears

The theme of death is a key theme in Tennyson's poem Tears, Idle Tears. The focus on the "days that are no more" goes hand in hand with the haunting realization that death affects us and everyone...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2017 2:54 pm UTC

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Tears, Idle Tears

One particular idea about paradoxes that is evident in "Tears, Idle Tears" is the paradox of memory. The premise of the poem is rooted in a paradox. Tennyson embraces the vision of Tintern Abbey,...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2014 3:30 pm UTC

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