In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 118

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Contemplate all this work of Time,
         The giant labouring in his youth;
         Nor dream of human love and truth,
As dying Nature's earth and lime;

But trust that those we call the dead
         Are breathers of an ampler day
         For ever nobler ends. They say,
The solid earth whereon we tread

In tracts of fluent heat began,
         And grew to seeming-random forms,
         The seeming prey of cyclic storms,
Till at the last arose the man;

Who throve and branch'd from clime to clime,
         The herald of a higher race,
         And of himself in higher place,
If so he type this work of time

Within himself, from more to more;
         Or, crown'd with attributes of woe
         Like glories, move his course, and show
That life is not as idle ore,

But iron dug from central gloom,
         And heated hot with burning fears,
         And dipt in baths of hissing tears,
And batter'd with the shocks of doom

To shape and use. Arise and fly
         The reeling Faun, the sensual feast;
         Move upward, working out the beast,
And let the ape and tiger die.

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Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, 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 Living, Time & Brevity, Nature

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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