Tennyson Paper B

Tennyson Paper B - November 19, 2007 English 262, Section...

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November 19, 2007 English 262, Section 003 In Memoriam : A Christmas Story Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote both In Memoriam XXVIII and In Memoriam CIV as part of an elegy in memory of his best friend, Arthur Hallam that had passed away suddenly. In Memoriam consists of 131 individual poems of various lengths written at different times and later pieced together creating one extensive elegy expressing Tennyson’s doubts and emotions. All 131 poems are written in what has become known as the “In Memoriam Stanza”, each stanza is written in iambic tetrameter quatrains with an ABBA rhyme scheme. Poems XXVIII and CIV both mark the passing of another year since Hallam’s death. Poem XXVIII represents the first Christmas and portrays Tennyson’s extreme despair over the loss of a loved one at such a time when one is accustomed to surrounding themselves with those they love. While poem CIV expresses Tennyson’s surprise at overcoming the emotions of sorrow and joy previously attached to Christmas. Both poems are part of Tennyson’s emotional journey from feelings of despair to those of consolation. Poem XXVIII conveys Tennyson’s sense of grief, despair, and sorrow as he mourns the death of his closest friend. Tennyson’s word choice describing his Christmas Eve experience illustrates how alone he feels. “The night is still” (line 2) heightening Tennyson’s awareness of the church bells answering “each other in the mist” (line 4). As Tennyson can no longer hear them he states it is if a “door / were shut between me and
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the sound” (lines 7-8) so that Tennyson is disconnected from even the Christmas bells. The same Christmas bells the surrounding world is listening to and sharing joyful emotions with. The Christmas bells amplify Tennyson’s isolation so much that he “wish’d no more to wake / And that my hold on life would break” (lines 14-15). Tennyson’s desire to be dead before the bells toll again is his deepest feeling of despair. In this sense Tennyson no longer wants to live without his friend, and potentially hopes to reunite with him in the afterlife. It becomes very clear to the reader that Tennyson does not want to experience another Christmas of isolation. However, in spite of Tennyson’s saddened state provoked by the bells he did not let them determine his fate. Tennyson
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This essay was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course ENG 262 taught by Professor Grey during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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