Music and Meaning in Tennyson’s ‘In Memoriam’

These four pages have been extracted from the larger 'Music and Meaning' resource. Here graduate editor Simon Calder explores the ways in which sound and sense relate to one another in In Memoriam, Tennyson's poem about the death of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam. At times here the music of poetry seems capable of making profound connections; but this can also seem a fleeting hope.

This selected resource is divided into four sections, which you can access in any order using the menu below -- though, obviously, the experience will be more coherent if you work through the articles consecutively, starting from the beginning.

1. One Music of 'Mind and Soul' in In Memoriam (1850)

2. 'Measured Language' and In Memoriam (1850)

3. Tennyson's 'Speaking Voice' in In Memoriam (1850)

4. 'Aeonian Music' in In Memoriam (1850)

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