In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 15

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
To-night the winds begin to rise
         And roar from yonder dropping day:
         The last red leaf is whirl'd away,
The rooks are blown about the skies;

The forest crack'd, the waters curl'd,
         The cattle huddled on the lea;
         And wildly dash'd on tower and tree
The sunbeam strikes along the world:

And but for fancies, which aver
         That all thy motions gently pass
         Athwart a plane of molten glass,
I scarce could brook the strain and stir

That makes the barren branches loud;
         And but for fear it is not so,
         The wild unrest that lives in woe
Would dote and pore on yonder cloud

That rises upward always higher,
         And onward drags a labouring breast,
         And topples round the dreary west,
A looming bastion fringed with fire.

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Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Landscapes & Pastorals, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature

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 Landscapes & Pastorals, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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