Poesie: From Tennyson’s In Memoriam

November is a good time to ponder things. Memento mori.

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In Memoriam A.H.H.

To-night the winds begin to rise
And roar from yonder dropping day:
The last red leaf is whirl’d away,
The rooks are blown about the skies.

–Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

In Memoriam A. H. H. contains some of Tennyson’s most wonderful verses, and is remarkable also for its sheer length.  The original title of In_Memoriam_A.H.H. was “The Way of the Soul”, giving us an idea of Tennyson’s thoughts and emotions surrounding the death of a close friend.  This work is widely considered to be one of the greatest poems of the 19th century, they say.

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