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 Found to be the most famous poet of the Victorian
Age


 At the age of 14, he composed a play called, The
Devil and the Lady


  Composed a 6,000 line epic poem, while being
taught by his father


 Wrote “In Memoriam”, an elegy morning the death
of his lost friend, Arthur Hallam


 His poem Tears, Idle, Tears, was taken from one of
his major works entitled, The Princess.
              Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
              Tears from the depth of some divine despair
                Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
                 In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
               And thinking of the days that are no more.

               Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
            That brings our friends up from the underworld,
                Sad as the last which reddens over one
              That sinks with all we love below the verge;
              So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.

              Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
                The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds
                   To dying ears, when unto dying eyes
             The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
              So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.

                    Dear as remembered kisses after death,
                 And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feigned
                    On lips that are for others; deep as love,
                   Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
                  O Death in Life, the days that are no more.
http://classicpoetryaloud.podomatic.com/player/web/2008-05-13T10_10_48-07_00
"This song came to me on the yellowing autumn-
tide at Tintern Abbey, full for me of its bygone
memories ... It is what I have always felt even
from a boy, and what as a boy I called the
`passion of the past.' And it is so always with me
now; it is the distance that charms me in the
landscape, the picture and the past, and not the
immediate today in which I move."
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
  Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
  In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
 And thinking of the days that are no more.



                • Alfred Tennyson is thinking of his past. He
                  has feelings that confuse him and make
                  him mourn of his earlier
                  memories. Further study of Tennyson's life
                  shows that he misses his friend Arthur
                  Hallum. This takes place in Autumn to
                  represent the memories he had in the
                  Spring and Summer that have passed, now
                  nothing to look forward to but a cold and
                  dark winter.
          Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
        That brings our friends up from the underworld,
            Sad as the last which reddens over one
          That sinks with all we love below the verge;
          So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.



• He goes on to say that his memories of friends are well remembered.
  But the only problem is that as soon as he reflects such great events
  in his life, they slip away just as fast. The boat is to represent Charon,
  a boat man, who ferries a ship of the dead to Hades.
  Dear as remembered kisses after death,
And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feigned
  On lips that are for others; deep as love,
 Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
 O Death in Life, the days that are no more.

                         • The word deep is repeatedly
                           used to show that this is where
                           his tears from the first stanza
                           are coming from. We find
                           Tennyson "wild with all regret"
                           because of the days he will
                           never get back and make
                           someting of them. When
                           refering to the "death in life", he
                           goes back to the second stanza
                           of his lost friends, as well as the
                           rebirth in the morning from the
                           thrid stanza.
What is Tennyson thinking about as he says “looking on
the happy autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more”.
What is the tone/mood of the poem?
Why do you think Tennyson incorporates the different
seasons into the poem, starting with fall?
            Narrative Poem
• A poem that tells a story
  – Tennyson tells us a story about how he feels
    about growing older and reminiscing his past
• Repeating verse
  – “The days that are no more”
• Oldest genre of poetry
• Example:
  – Canterbury Tales
  – Beowulf
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British-poetry.Suite101.com. 24/1/2009. 20 May 2009 <http://british-
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on>.

"Lord Alfred Tennyson." Online-literature.com. 2009. 20 May 2009
<http://www.online-literature.com/tennyson/>.


"The Coffee-Stained Writer." Coffee-Stained Writer.blogspot.com.
2009. 20 May 2009 <http://coffee-
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lord.html>.

				
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