Grief and Love which Tennyson Tells Me
“Break, Break, Break” is one of the poems written by Alfred, Lord, Tennyson after the death of his friend, Arthur Henry Hallam. He was the Tennyson's best friend from college and he was also engaged to get married with Tennyson's sister. However, he died because of brain hemorrhage in 1833. After his death, Tennyson’s poem shifted to nostalgic. He devoted about seventeen years to writing elegies for Hallam. This poem has four stanzas and each of them reflects Tennyson’s thought. I think that there are two different views in this poem. First, I can see that there are a lot of silent scream which shows his sadness. On the contrary, I can also see the view which is flooded with happy memories. In this essay, I am going to write comments about “Break, Break, Break” from an independent point of view. In the first stanza, Tennyson shows his lose and sadness talking to the sea. We can imagine that he is standing near the sea and thinking about the death of Hallam. “Break, Break, Break” means the sea waves which keep on coming to rock and hitting. The hitting sea waves are breaking again and again. In the poem, the sea reflects his emotion. In other words, breaking sea waves show that Alfred’s heart are breaking due to Hallam’s death. He is too sad to utter his thought that arise in him. It seems as if he does not know how to express his sorrow. I feel Tennyson’s grieving through this poem in the first stanza. The repetition of the word “break” take me into shadowy world and I am shrouded in darkness. These repetition emphasize his monotonies. I feel that his sadness were deep like bottom of the sea. The word “gray” evoke feelings of anxiety and melancholy and the word “cold” make me feel cold and sad. Use of subjunctive clause written in the third sentence complements his sorrow. In the second stanza, Tennyson shows his happy memory with Hallam by remembering. He watches fisherman boy shouting to his sister...
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