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    #1

    I need to understand this poem :(

    Would you help me to understand this poem? It's by Tennyson.
    I wanna know the ryhem & the theme, how can I do that?


    I dream'd there would be Spring no more,
    That Nature's ancient power was lost:
    The streets were black with smoke and frost,
    They chatter'd trifles at the door:
    I wander'd from the noisy town,
    I found a wood with thorny boughs:
    I took the thorns to bind my brows,
    I wore them like a civic crown:
    I met with scoffs, I met with scorns
    From youth and babe and hoary hairs:
    They call'd me in the public squares
    The fool that wears a crown of thorns:
    They call'd me fool, they call'd me child:
    I found an angel of the night;
    The voice was low, the look was bright;
    He look'd upon my crown and smiled:
    He reach'd the glory of a hand,
    That seem'd to touch it into leaf:
    The voice was not the voice of grief,
    The words were hard to understand.

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    #2

    Re: I need to understand this poem :(

    Quote Originally Posted by reemamarcie View Post

    I dream'd there would be Spring no more,
    That Nature's ancient power was lost:
    The streets were black with smoke and frost,
    They chatter'd trifles at the door:

    I wander'd from the noisy town,
    I found a wood with thorny boughs:
    I took the thorns to bind my brows,
    I wore them like a civic crown:

    I met with scoffs, I met with scorns
    From youth and babe and hoary hairs:
    They call'd me in the public squares
    The fool that wears a crown of thorns:

    They call'd me fool, they call'd me child:
    I found an angel of the night;
    The voice was low, the look was bright;
    He look'd upon my crown and smiled:

    He reach'd the glory of a hand,
    That seem'd to touch it into leaf:
    The voice was not the voice of grief,
    The words were hard to understand.
    Well, I have started by highlighting the abba rhymes.

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    Re: I need to understand this poem :(

    thanks a lot for your help :D:D
    But I need now an explaination, although this poem has simple words but it's so difficult to understand :( I can't even know if there r metaphores or not, it seems complicated.

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    Re: I need to understand this poem :(

    Quote Originally Posted by reemamarcie View Post
    But I need now an explaination, although this poem has simple words but it's so difficult to understand
    If you need to understand, this seems like a homework assignment. We cannot help with those.

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    Re: I need to understand this poem :(

    It's not a homework, I'm doing a study on some poems of the Victorian Poetry. I liked Tennyson's elegy In Memoriam, & I loved this part so much because it has the word " angel" it attractes me so much,
    Anyway, sorry if I said " I need " but what should I say instead of it?
    & thx for your help,,
    Reema

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    Re: I need to understand this poem :(

    Quote Originally Posted by reemamarcie View Post
    Anyway, sorry if I said " I need " but what should I say instead of it?
    Just, "I'd like.."

    As to the poem. You need to be more specific about what is causing difficulties, or we could take pages to analyse it.

    I have started below:

    I dreamed:
    (That)
    there would be Spring no more,

    That Nature's ancient power was lost:
    (That)The streets were black with smoke and frost,
    (That) They (people) chattered trifles(unimportant things) at the door:
    (That:)
    I wandered from the noisy town,
    I found a wood with thorny boughs:
    I took the thorns to bind my brows,
    I wore them like a civic crown:

    I met with scoffs, I met with scorns
    From youth and babe and hoary hairs (very old people - people with grey/white hair):
    They called me, in the public squares,
    The fool that wears a crown of thorns:

    They called me fool, they called me child:
    I found an angel of the night;
    The voice was low, the look was bright;
    He looked upon my crown and smiled:

    He reached the glory of a hand,
    That seemed to touch it into leaf:
    The voice was not the voice of grief,
    The words were hard to understand.

    see also: http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/...m/waymack.html

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    Re: I need to understand this poem :(

    Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your help,
    & I'm sorry if I bothered you

    reema

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