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    Tears, idle tears and analysis

    مُساهمة  Mr. Mag في الثلاثاء مايو 04, 2010 8:43 am

    Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
    Tears from the depth of some divine despair
    Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
    In looking on the happy autumn-fields,
    And thinking of the days that are no more.

    Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
    That brings our friends up from the underworld,
    Sad as the last which reddens over one
    That sinks with all we love below the verge;
    So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.

    Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
    The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds
    To dying ears, when unto dying eyes
    The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
    So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.

    Dear as remembered kisses after death,
    And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feigned
    On lips that are for others; deep as love,
    Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
    O Death in Life, the days that are no more!

    "Tears, Idle Tears" is a lyric poem written in 1847 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), the noted Victorian-era English poet. Published as one of the "songs" in his The Princess (1847), it is regarded for the quality of its lyrics. A Tennyson anthology describes the poem as "one of the most Virgilian of Tennyson's poems and perhaps his most famous lyric".[1] Readers often overlook the poem's blank verse[1][2]—the poem does not rhyme.

    Tennyson was inspired to write "Tears, Idle Tears" upon a visit to Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, an abbey that was abandoned in 1536. He said the convent was "full for me of its bygone memories", and that the poem was about "the passion of the past, the abiding in the transient."[1] William Wordsworth also wrote a poem inspired by this location in 1798, "Tintern Abbey", which develops a similar theme.

    "Tears, Idle Tears" is noted for its lyric richness, and for its tones of paradox and ambiguity—especially as Tennyson did not often bring his doubts into the grammar and symbolism of his works.[3] The ambiguity occurs in the contrasting descriptions of the tears: they are "idle", yet come from deep within the narrator; the "happy autumn-fields" inspire sadness. Literary critic Cleanth Brooks writes, "[W]hen the poet is able, as in 'Tears, Idle Tears', to analyze his experience, and in the full light of the disparity and even apparent contradiction of the various elements, bring them into a new unity, he secures not only richness and depth but dramatic power as well."[4]

    Critic Graham Hough in a 1951 essay asks why the poem is unrhymed, and suggests that something must be "very skillfully put in [rhyme's] place" if many readers do not notice its absence. He concludes that "Tears, Idle Tears" does not rhyme "[b]ecause it is not about a specific situation, or an emotion with clear boundaries; it is about the great reservoir of undifferentiated regret and sorrow, which you can brush away…but which nevertheless continues to exist."[2] Readers tend not to notice the lack of rhyme because of the richness and variety of the vowel sounds Tennyson employs. (T. S. Eliot considered Tennyson an unequaled master in handling vowel sounds; see, for example, Tennyson's "Ulysses".) Each line's end-sound—except for the second-last line's "regret"—is an open vowel or a consonant or consonant group that can be drawn out in reading. Each line "trails away, suggesting a passage into some infinite beyond: just as each image is clear and precise, yet is only any instance" of something more universal.[5]

    The poem, one of the "songs" of The Princess, has been set to music a number of times. Edward Lear put the lyric to music in the nineteenth century, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' pianistic setting of 1903 was described by The Times as "one of the most beautiful settings in existence of Tennyson's splendid lyric."[6]
    A poem can stir all of the senses, and the subject matter of a poem can range from being funny to being sad. We hope that you liked this poem and the sentiments in the words of Tears Idle Tears by Alfred Lord Tennyson you will find even more poem lyrics by this famous author by simply clicking on the Poetry Index link below! Choose Poetry online for the greatest poems by the most famous poets.

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    مُساهمة  Mr. Mag في الثلاثاء مايو 11, 2010 9:36 am

    Tears, Idle Tears
    Alfred Tennyson 1809 - 1892

    Alfred Tennyson is one of the best poets in the 19th century in England. At the age of eight, he began writing poetry. At the age of fifteen, Alfred and Charles his brother, published their first book. In 1836, he fell in love with Emily Selwood but due to financial problems, marriage was postponed till 1850. In 1850 Alfred was appointed Poet Laureate. He was offered the title of Lord twice, but he refused it and in 1883 accepted the title and reserved a seat in the House of Lords. Alfred died at home in 1892.

    General Paraphrase:

    Autumn is the harvest season. Instead of being happy we can see tears in the eyes which are useless tears. These tears made us remember the past which is still fresh in the minds exactly as the first ray of sun shining on the sail of the ship which brings back our friends from the world of dead whereas the last ray of the sun reflects the sail of a ship which sinks to the bottom of the sea. The past is fresh and sad in the same time.
    How can people be happy while birds singing to people who are dying. The old memories are precious to people as those kisses reminds the nice feelings to those dead people.
    In general, the past is the bitterness of death.


    It is a song. Alfred aimed at saying that all things pass away.
    In the first stanza, the poet uses the contrast to express the past and its sadness while looking at the happy fields with its great crops.
    The last two lines gives the main aim of the poet that death is the natural end for all creatures and living things.


    Divine: sacred, heavenly
    Despair: lost hope
    Beam: ray
    Underworld: the world where the dead are
    The verge: horizon, edge
    Pipe: singing birds
    Casement: showcase, window
    Glimmering: shiny
    Feigned: not true, pretence

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