In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 44

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
How fares it with the happy dead?
         For here the man is more and more;
         But he forgets the days before
God shut the doorways of his head.

The days have vanish'd, tone and tint,
         And yet perhaps the hoarding sense
         Gives out at times (he knows not whence)
A little flash, a mystic hint;

And in the long harmonious years
         (If Death so taste Lethean springs),
         May some dim touch of earthly things
Surprise thee ranging with thy peers.

If such a dreamy touch should fall,
         O turn thee round, resolve the doubt;
         My guardian angel will speak out
In that high place, and tell thee all.

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Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Religion, Living, Faith & Doubt, Death

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 Religion, Living, Faith & Doubt, Death

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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