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Tears, idle tears

english poem

seba migli

on 30 September 2010

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Transcript of Tears, idle tears

Te f r Tears Tears, idle tears
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-1892 Blank verse Early life Recognition Inspiration Historical Context Song: Poetic devices Personification "Tears, idle tears" "happy Autumn-fields" "Dying ears/eyes" "The casement slowly grows" Simile "Fresh as the first beam..." "Sad as the last [beam]..." "Sad and strange as in
dark summer dawns" "Sweet as those by hopeless fancy feigned" "Deep as first love" 1847 Tintern Abbey Victorian era family values and morals instead of sexual and financial scandals The Princess: A medley
In Memorian A.H.H.
The Lady of Shallot
Poems by two brothers Brother died at mental asylum
Born in Somersby, Lincolnshire
Descendant of King Edward III Rhyme scheme Free verse
Iambic pentameter - musicality, rythm
ex: Elegy for my father's father Narrative voice 1st person
One Art
Because I liked you better Grown-up looking back at his life Themes 1.- Memory: Elegy for my father's father
2.- Loss: One Art
3.- Repression: Because I liked you better Greek mythology Greek Mythology "...divine despair." God-like forces, beyond realm of physical world "underworld", reference to Hades (realm of the dead), where it represents his memories, the only place where his friends are. Overall themes: Self-discovery and rememberance "Dear as remembered kisses after death" Mood: Depressive, tragic
Tone: Dismay "happy Autumn-fields"
It establishes that he remembers "the days that are no more" constantly, from dawn to sunset. It is not just a nostalgic moment but his whole life is lived remembering the past Creates contrast between light and darkness, since summers and dawns are associated with brightness and happiness, and sad, strange and dark contradicts it. Emphasises the realisation that he has nothing left, and how much he holds "dear" the memories- the only things that remain. Contrast between being in love and believing you are in love, where the poet understands that not all feelings are real, dampening the mood of the poem. Almost ironic, because one thinks that first love is "deep", true and intense, but though generally it is only a passing emotion.
All those emotions that felt so real were not so much, and brought upon regret. Autumn has connotations of death, because of the falling of the leaves, which contrasts with "happy". General "Tears" The whole poem is based in the hypothesis that tears represent emotions (the secret meaning).
Tears appear in times of extreme happiness, sadness, anger, etc.
Repression of his emotions as he can't relate his feelings but to things of the past, remaining "idle". Antithesis "Tears, idle tears" Opposes the idea of the movement of the tears with idle's denotation of motionlessness. Synecdoche "to dying ears, when unto dying eyes..." Shows the part of the whole; instead referring as him sleeping he only mentions his eyes and ears, as they are relevant to the poem. Shifts Between the third and forth stanza.
The forth stanza is a conclusion, where he realises that the past only brings him pain and regret. Structure Resolution The poet reaches a conclusion, but there's no resolution.
He realises that the past only brings him pain and regret, but
we never get to know if he still thinks about it or he stops and
sticks to the present. END Goodbye to you, my trusted friend.
We've known each other since we're nine or ten.
Together we climbed hills or trees.
Learned of love and ABC's,
skinned our hearts and skinned our knees.
Goodbye my friend, it's hard to die,
when all the birds are singing in the sky,
Now that the spring is in the air.
Pretty girls are everywhere.
When you see them I'll be there.
We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the hills that we climbed
were just seasons out of time.
Goodbye, Papa, please pray for me,
I was the black sheep of the family.
You tried to teach me right from wrong.
Too much wine and too much song,
wonder how I get along.
Goodbye, Papa, it's hard to die
when all the birds are singing in the sky,
Now that the spring is in the air.
Little children everywhere.
When you see them I'll be there.
We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun. But the wine and the song,
like the seasons, all have gone.
Goodbye, Michelle, my little one.
You gave me love and helped me find the sun.
And every time that I was down
you would always come around
and get my feet back on the ground.
Goodbye, Michelle, it's hard to die
when all the bird are singing in the sky,
Now that the spring is in the air.
With the flowers ev'rywhere.
I whish that we could both be there.
We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the stars we could reach
were just starfishs on the beach Stanza 1 Refrain "The days that are no more"
Last phrase in every stanza, emphasises the main thing that is tormenting the poet, the loss of the past. This past is the cause of his tears. Stanza 2 Stanza 3 Simile Feign: to imitate so as to deceive Dying represents sleep Stanza 4 Simile Nikola Abello
Sebastian Migliaro
Catalina Martinez
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