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Tears, Idle Tears

What is the plot summary of "Tears, Idle Tears"?

Are you referring to the poem "Tears, Idle Tears" by Alfred Lord Tennyson or the short story "Tears, Idle Tears" by Elizabeth Bowen? I assume it's the poem, so here goes: As the speaker is looking...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 1:35 am UTC

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What do the terms epiphany, theme, and symbol mean in the context of "Tears, Idle Tears" by Elizabeth Bowen?

Themes, symbols, and epiphanies are literary terms that are used to speak about all different types of literary works.A theme is the main topic or idea of a piece of literature. Themes are often...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019 9:40 pm UTC

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In "Tears, Idle Tears," how does Mrs. Dickinson feel about her son?

Mrs. Dickinson is clearly a woman who finds it particularly hard to engage with her emotions. Consider what we are told about how she responded to the death of her husband and in particular the way...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012 6:42 am UTC

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Does Mrs. Dickinson lover her son in "Tears, Idle Tears"? 

This is a very good question to ask. Of course, the way in which Mrs. Dickinson responds to her son when he cries and her embarrassment, mortification, and desire to distance herself from such...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 6:09 am UTC

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In "Tears, Idle, Tears," in what way does Frederick's mother attempt to cure him?

Frederick's mother is clearly at her wit's end about how to encourage her son to stop crying. The text tells us that she has tried withdrawing privileges when he does cry, such as going to the zoo...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 6:19 am UTC

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Please can you give a presentation of Mrs. Dickinson in "Tears, Idle Tears." 

In the story, Bowen uses both direct and indirect presentation/characterization to acquaint us with Mrs. Dickinson. Direct characterization involves the author explicitly telling us what the...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2017 3:18 pm UTC

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What effect does Frederick's conversation with the girl in the park have on him in "Tears, Idle Tears"?

Let us remember that the conversation that Frederick has with the young woman in the park comes straight after his mother has berated him and left him to pull himself together and to try and...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 6:28 am UTC

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In the poem "Tears, Idle Tears" why does the poet Lord Alfred Tennyson describe tears as "idle"?  

In the poem "Tears, Idle Tears" the designation "idle" is a bit obscure, because while the poet opens with the expression "Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean," the main theme of the poem...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 4:11 am UTC

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I want to know the epiphany in "Tears, Idle Tears".

In "Tears, Idle Tears," by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the narrator is distraught at the realization with regard to how time has passed. No longer in the youthful season of life, the narrator observes...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009 5:18 am UTC

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What is the theme of the story? what does the author want to say?

To me, the theme of this story is about how adults should deal with children and the emotions that the children have. I believe that the author is trying to say that parents must take their...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 1:36 pm UTC

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Who is the antagonist in the short story, "Tears, Idle Tears"?

In my opinion, the mother is the antagonist in the story. The point is supported by the fact that the mother is opposed to her son’s uncontrollable emotions. She is worried that her son would not...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2016 1:11 pm UTC

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What is the denouement of the story "Tears, Idle Tears," by Elizabeth Bowen? i mean the brief one...

In my opinion, the denouement of the story comes years later than the main action of the story. I think that the denouement comes when we find that Frederick thinks back happily to that afternoon...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2010 11:22 pm UTC

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