from The Princess: As thro' the Land

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892 Alfred, Lord Tennyson

As thro' the land at eve we went,
      And pluck'd the ripen'd ears,
We fell out, my wife and I,
O we fell out I know not why,
      And kiss'd again with tears.
And blessings on the falling out
      That all the more endears,
When we fall out with those we love
      And kiss again with tears!
For when we came where lies the child
      We lost in other years,
There above the little grave,
O there above the little grave,
      We kiss'd again with tears.

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Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Death, Sorrow & Grieving, Living, Marriage & Companionship, Parenthood

Poetic Terms Common Measure

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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 Death, Sorrow & Grieving, Living, Marriage & Companionship, Parenthood

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Common Measure

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