The poem grew out of Tennyson's personal grief, but it attempts to speak for all men rather than for one.
The affection and acceptance he felt from his friends brought both a new warmth to Tennyson's personality and an increasing sensuousness to the poetry he was constantly writing when he was supposed to be devoting his time to his studies.
Assonance When two or more words contain similar sounding vowels and are close together in a line.
Like The Princess, In Memoriamand Maud, the idylls were an assembly of poetry composed over a long time--in this case nearly half a century in all, for they were not finished until and were not all published until The rigid limit of the sonnet form helped her to keep the exuberance of her passion under the discipline of art.
Apart from all these things, his verse reflects the abundant vitality of his character. He is fond of striking primary colors which startle by their very vividness, and as a painter of movement he has few equals.
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