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Unformatted text preview: despair could express Tennyson’s religious doubts. In line three Tennyson’s tears are portrayed as a physical manifestation of emotion that originates from within. Tennyson continues stating the emotion comes from his observation of the spring and summer that has past and the bleak winter autumn will bring. As Tennyson thinks “of the days that are no more” (line 5) he is filled with sorrow. Tennyson contrasts the current “happy autumn-fields” to the past making it unclear what is wrong with the current season. This leads the reader to believe Tennyson relates more to autumn than just what it holds for the future. Tennyson does not seem to have a specific audience in mind. However, one familiar with Tennyson could interpret more from his contradictions by drawing on the blow dealt by the death of a close friend and the emotional and religious struggle that ensued for Tennyson....
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- Spring '08
- English, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Idle Tears, Alfred, Lord Tennyson