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How Is the Theme of Loss Presented in Alfred Lord Tennyson's Poetry? Essay

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It is often said that the sense of loss is conveyed through Tennyson's poetry, the death of Hallam has a clear effect on how his pieces of work are written, also the amount that Tennyson is affected changes between poems, for instance "Break, Break, Break" never once mentions that Hallam is dead, but the way that Tennyson writes the poem suggests that he has lost someone, whereas in the poem from "In Memoriam" that begins "I held it truth, with him who sings" throws out the concept of death right from the start, this could perhaps show that Tennyson is no longer fazed about writing about death, so his mentality is changed as well. It is also important to notice that throughout "In Memoriam" love and grief are the most presented themes, so much so that they are even capitalized at some points.
'Break, Break, Break' begins with "Break, Break, Break, on thy cold gray stones, O Sea!" 'cold gray stones' shows that Tennyson's world is dull and bleak, and the repetition of 'Break' brings about a sense of predictability and inactivity, as the same thing happens over and over, and it emphasizes that the waves of the sea will continue to keep breaking, and also no matter what, time goes on, and is not "dead" like Tennyson describes it later on in the poem.The next lines "and I would that my tongue could utter the thoughts that arise in me." this shows that Tennyson can not put into words how he feels at the time because he is so affected by the death of Hallam, but the other people on the beach (The boy and the sailor) can. The poem then goes on to say "O well for the fisherman's boy...O well for the sailor lad", I think that the repetition of "O well" on both occasions shows how Tennyson feels about others, and how much he cares about them, here, it's not that Tennyson doesn't care about these two individuals, but there was no-one he cared for more in comparison to Hallam. The whole of the next stanza makes it seem like Tennyson is missing out on his "Haven", it is written...

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