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The paper analyzes how lyric CXX from "In Memoriam" by Lord Alfred Tennyson conveys his struggle with the conflict between science and religion. The paper specifically examines the rhythm and rhyme of the poem, its diction, imagery and the use of alliteration. The paper concludes that viewed in connection with the rest of the poem, lyric CXX can be seen as representing Tennyson's philosophical thought about death as representing hope within despair, loss and sorrow.
From the Paper:"Another significant element of Diction is the spelling of Science with a capital letter. This observably emphasizes the concept as important, like "Death" in the last line of the first stanza. However, the poet's statements appears to juxtapose themselves in contrast to this idea. the second and third lines in Stanza 2 for example appears to first raise a challenge to science and then to disregard the concept as unimportant on an individual, personal level. Once again, the placement of the science concept in the stanza is subordinate to statements that lean towards the religious as an important living paradigm.
"This stanza also contains a medial caesura in the final line. The poet answers his own question - "What matters Science.../At least to me? I would not say." This line contains the uncertainty of faith that scientific discovery causes. The poet initially inquires regarding the meaning of science to humanity as a whole, but then modifies this to an individual level. By answering the apparently rhetorical question with a statement of uncertainty appears to indicate the depth to which the poet's faith is subjected to doubt."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Tennyson, Lord Alfred. "In Memoriam" Lyric CXX.
- Jacobs, Joseph. Tennyson and "in Memoriam": An Appreciation and a Study. BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2009.
- Lang, Andrew. Alfred Tennyson. William Blackwood & Sons, 1901. Republished online by David Price. http://www.fullbooks.com/Alfred-Tennyson1.html
Cite this Poem Review:
"In Memoriam" by Lord Alfred Tennyson (2012, May 22) Retrieved June 04, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/poem-review/in-memoriam-by-lord-alfred-tennyson-151099/
""In Memoriam" by Lord Alfred Tennyson" 22 May 2012. Web. 04 June. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/poem-review/in-memoriam-by-lord-alfred-tennyson-151099/>