In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 11

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Calm is the morn without a sound,
         Calm as to suit a calmer grief,
         And only thro' the faded leaf
The chestnut pattering to the ground:

Calm and deep peace on this high wold,
         And on these dews that drench the furze.
         And all the silvery gossamers
That twinkle into green and gold:

Calm and still light on yon great plain
         That sweeps with all its autumn bowers,
         And crowded farms and lessening towers,
To mingle with the bounding main:

Calm and deep peace in this wide air,
         These leaves that redden to the fall;
         And in my heart, if calm at all,
If any calm, a calm despair:

Calm on the seas, and silver sleep,
         And waves that sway themselves in rest,
         And dead calm in that noble breast
Which heaves but with the heaving deep.

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Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Living, Landscapes & Pastorals, Nature, Sorrow & Grieving

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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More than any other Victorian writer, Tennyson has seemed the embodiment of his age, both to his contemporaries and to modern readers. In his own day he was said to be—with Queen Victoria and Gladstone—one of the three most famous living persons, a reputation no other poet writing in English has ever had. As official poetic spokesman for the reign of Victoria, he felt called upon to celebrate a quickly changing industrial and . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Landscapes & Pastorals, Nature, Sorrow & Grieving

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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