Reading Aloud (#48): Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s In Memoriam [sec. XX–XXI]

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam (secs. XX-XXI), read by Benjamin Hagen

Text of section XX here.
Text of section XXI here.

“Big Mood Tennyson” in these two sorrow songs. A calmer, sadder grief here. Neither angry nor passionate. (But other songs are and will be.) The figures/analogies Tennyson draws (on) here are worth some thinking: servants of a dead master (XX.1–4), (orphaned?) children (XX.13-20), a mother linnet (XXI.25-28).

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