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In this case, perhaps surprisingly, we only have to go back to the mid-nineteenth century to find its origins. For this quotation was penned by the most famous English poet of the Victorian era, Alfred, Lord Tennyson In Memoriam A.
Tennyson, himself only in his early twenties when Hallam died, was inconsolable: his grief for his close friend inspired a of poems Tennyson wrote, especially in the s, but the most ambitious of these was In Memoriamwhich he worked on for sixteen years between and Every elegy is a balance of private grief and public mourning, and In Memoriam reveals the complex interrelationship between the two more clearly than most elegies.
Yes, love. But love is clearly an important theme of In Memoriam.
I envy not in any moods The captive void of noble rage, The linnet born within the cage, That never knew the summer woods:. Nor, what may count itself as blest, The heart that never plighted troth But stagnates in the weeds of sloth; Nor any want-begotten rest. Such a statement would, at the very least, be questionable. The soul that has never known love is smaller, a slighter and meaner thing than one which has loved, even if the object of that love has since been taken from us. Canto I re:. I held it truth, with him who sings To one clear harp in divers tones, That men may rise on stepping-stones Of their dead selves to higher things.
But who shall so forecast the years And find in loss a gain to match?
Let darkness keep her raven gloss: Ah, sweeter to be drunk with loss, To dance with Death, to beat the ground. This canto frames and introduces the poem that will follow, and shows that love and grief are closely intertwined emotions: we grieve those whom we loved, and whom we have lost.
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Is It Better to Have Loved and Lost than to Never Have Loved at All? Yes