Grief, Reflection and Doubt in Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam Poem Review by JamesRoday

Grief, Reflection and Doubt in Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam
This paper explores the themes of grief, reflection, and doubt in Alfred Tennyson's "In Memoriam".
# 148071 | 2,534 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | MY
Published on Aug 30, 2011 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry)

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This essay is about the poem "In Memoriam" by Alfred Tennyson. It explores the themes Grief, Reflection and Doubt as soon by the writer. It makes continual references to the poem and discusses the various techniques the poet uses in the process. It concludes that the poem is not a memorial to the poets friend, Arthur Henry Hallam but rather a mirror for readers to look at their own notions of life.

From the Paper:

"Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam is a vast poem of one-hundred-and-thirty-one sections of different lengths that include a prologue and epilogue. In Memoriam is inspired by the grief Tennyson felt at the death of his friend, Arthur Henry Hallam. The poem portrays several intellectual issues of the Victorian Age such as the meaning of life and death and becoming resigned or accustomed to the sense of loss. The verses, in general, show the development of the poet's acceptance and understanding of his friend's death. This paper will explore three notions that can be found in the poem which are grief, reflection and doubt."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Alfred Lord Tennyson's Poetry - In Memoriam A.H.H." PERSONAL WEB PAGES - Web. 7 Feb. 2010. <>.
  • Sanders, Andrew. "High Victorian Literature." An Outline of English Literature (Oxford Paperbacks). Ed. Pat Rogers. New York: Oxford UP, USA, 1998. 324-25. Print.
  • Slinn, E. W. "Poetry." A Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture. Ed. Herbert F. Tucker. Wiley-Blackwell, 1999. 309-11. Print.

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