Poetry Analysis of In Memoriam A.H.H
Be Near Me In this excerpt of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “In Memoriam A. H. H”, the speaker is pleading for comfort. The two main questions I asked myself were “who is he pleading to? ” and “what does he need comfort from? ” In life, whom do we go to most for comfort? God, parents, family, and close friendsNot a complete sentence. In the section I entitled “Be Near Me”, Tennyson addresses the people asked to comfort, and the circumstances that require the most comfort.
The first stanza starts with the speaker saying his ‘light’ or self-esteem is low, and the Wheels of Being loWRemember to point out and name literary devices, suggesting that the way we view ourselves is the first circumstance we need comforting In. Self-esteem is something everyone struggles with, and is an easy trap to fall in. We may look to a lover, our close friends or family, or even ourselves to boost our confidence. The “Being Existence? ” in this case is not a state, but a sense of self, or individual, that may be slowing, as in age, or disability.
When the speaker’s ‘blood creeps’ and his ‘heart is sick, there is an image painted of love. Perhaps a love lost, or a lack of love, omething that would cause the heart to be decrepit; a condition that fuels insecurity, and requires help seeing a silver lining. This first situation is purely internal, and requires external warmth to heal. The conflict in the second stanza comes from the outside forces of nature that are uncontrollable, and troublesome. A very vivid image of the personification of Time, “a maniac flinging dust”, and Life, “a fury slinging flame” illustrates how helpless the speaker is to Time and Life.
This theme is secondary to the state of conquered trust. The feeling tha tlife is over whelming comes because trust has been conquered and hey are weak. You can clearly see Father Time ‘slinging or wasting not so much wasting time as tossing it out wildly- everyone’s time, and an angry vengeful force hurling trials at helpless humans. We hear often that in the last stages of life. The elderlygrammar will regret the time they never had, or opportunities they miss out on.
We also, being still young, hear complaints about Job loss, car troubles, sickness, and other hypothetical fireballs falling in our paths, obstructing the overall view of progress. You make the comparison that you in your youth hear complaints and then alk about fireballs falling in “our paths”- Really youth only hear about those things happening. Fireballs are thrown at others. If you’re experiencing them, then don’t say you hear about those things. Time and Life are unchangeable, and unavoidable, so we rely on close friends or siblings to lean on for support during trials dealt to us.
Men are what drive the speaker to beg for comfort in the third stanza. In this scenario, men are equated to “flies of latter spring. ” I thought it was interesting how closely humans and flies are to each other. Flies are small, numerous and not threatening, but boy are they pesky! You do not refer to flies being pesky in comparisons to humans- you say they are not threatening then go on to say words of men are insignificant but they sting… so, flies have to threaten somehow?. Likewise, the opinions and words of men are insignificant, but they sting.
We worry about what their eggs… sting and sing” then eventually, they “weave their petty cells and die. ” The life of a fly is an accurate description of people. We show the fruits of our labor, we hurt and belittle others, we sing and party, we build up wealth and possessions, only to leave it all behind in death. When we are burdened by the expectations or judgments of those around us, our parents are excellent sources of unconditional love and comfortThis seems like a new topic sentence- see what dadthinks.
Personally, I am grateful that my parents can, and love to ‘be near me’ when times get tough. Parents are the ultimate earthy confidants, who love no matter that cause, and always bandage up and sooth emotional wounds. At the end of life, death is the fear and struggle that everyone faces. The speaker asks for courage and a companion in his last “term[s] of human strife” and passing stage from this life to the next. When Death stands an arm’s length away, and the “twilight of eternal day’ approaches, God is the ultimate and only comforter.
The last stanza is the speaker’s prayer to his Heavenly Father to watch over and be with him while he passes. He trusts that God will make this scary time bearable before the judgment day and he attains eternal happiness. Tennyson addresses through the speaker the four main causes of grief that plague man. The first being insecurity, an internal battle that no one but yourself can solve, but is made easier by multiple supports. Then, the second is the uncontrollable orces that put stumbling blocks in our way, but are fixable with the help of those closest to us.