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Break, Break, Break Analysis



Author: poem of Alfred Lord Tennyson Type: poem Views: 18


Break, break, break,
    On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
    The thoughts that arise in me.

O, well for the fisherman's boy,
    That he shouts with his sister at play!
O, well for the sailor lad,
    That he sings in his boat on the bay!

And the stately ships go on
    To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand,
    And the sound of a voice that is still!

Break, break, break
    At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
    Will never come back to me.

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The speaker is looking at the ocean and wishing he knew how to express his grief. He sees a fisherman\'s kid hanging out with his sister, and he hears a sailor singing, but they don\'t cheer him up they just remind him of the \"voice that is still,\" or the voice of his dead friend that he can\'t talk to anymore. The ocean waves keep breaking on the beach, and time keeps marching on, but the speaker can\'t go back in time to when his friend was still alive.

| Posted on 2012-03-14 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-08-23 | by a guest


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this elegy is written by lord alfred tennyson.he has succeeded in potraying the true grief of losing a friend.
the poet is on a sea shore in deep sorrow.he notices the beautiful breaking waves,fisherman\'s boy playing with his sister triumphantly, sailor\'s lad singing and huge ships passing by and going to their destination.
he soon realises that though his friend is no more but the world has not stopped. it is going on and on.the time is running by and thus the graceful days he has spent with his friend will never return.but still he longs to touch thathand of his friend which has now vanished away .

| Posted on 2011-08-20 | by a guest


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This poem is a very lovely creation of Tennyson in short way.Too little poem can convey so vast nostalgic thought!!! this is really out of imagination .Here poet\'s sister Emily has described the background of the poem.this heart-rendering poem authentically touches our heart .

| Posted on 2011-05-25 | by a guest


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This short poem has been composed by Alfred Tennyson. It is an expression of his personal grief. But it is more than an individual cry of pain and despair. He has presented as a universal characteristic of our world. He has drawn a picture of permanent and lasting images in contrast with temporariness of human life.
It clearly shows that man passes away so quickly but the scene of nature remains the same. In this poem the poet mourns the death of a dear friend who will never come back. He depicts the picture of sea and its waves constantly striking against cold gray stones. He also draws the image of fisher man\'s boy singing in his boat or at play with his sister and the grand ships coming to the harbour. He believes that these images are more abiding than the Life of a man.
The poet thinks that these things remain unchanged. The world continues to be busy and beautiful, but the happy moments of one\'s life never stay. Human life changes from childhood to youth, then to old age and finally embraces death. As man grows old the sweet memories of his life become a part of the vanished past. Thus, between past and present man suffers and complains.
The poet is missing his lost friend while standing on the sea bank. He expresses his sorrow that he will never feel the soft touch of that hand and will never hear that voice again. On the fact, the poem looks sad and depressing. But the grief is set against things which are permanent

| Posted on 2011-04-13 | by a guest


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life is so indifferent and cruel.It is not affected by the death of an individual.It goes on the same way as it was before the death of the poet\'s friend.The happy images of the fisherman\'s boy and that of the sailor lad emphasise this fact of the cold indifference of life.The striking and retreating waves of the sea represent the continuity of life.

| Posted on 2011-03-03 | by a guest


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The poet is grieving and mourning the loss of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam and wants to see him one more time.But he can\'t. Indifferently the waves of the ocean keep breaking against the stones ;the death of the poet\'s friend does not affect them.Similarly, the boy who shouts at his sister at play or a sailor who sings merrily; the rest of the world carries on merrily. The poet, now isolated, yearns to touch his friend once more, to hear the sound of his voice. But alas! The tender grace of his friend will never return.

| Posted on 2011-01-11 | by a guest


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The poet is grieving and mourning the loss of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam and wants to see him one more time.But he can\'t. Indifferently the waves of the ocean keep breaking against the stones ;the death of the poet\'s friend does not affect them.Similarly, the boy who shouts at his sister at play or a sailor who sings merrily; the rest of the world carries on merrily. The poet, now isolated, yearns yo touch his friend once more, to hear the sound of his voice. But alas! his tender grace of his friend will never return.

| Posted on 2011-01-11 | by a guest


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The poet is grieving and mourning the loss of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam and wants to see him one more time.But he can\'t. Indifferently the waves of the ocean keep breaking against the stones ;the death of the poet\'s friend does not affect them.Similarly, the boy who shouts at his sister at play or a sailor who sings merrily; the rest of the world carries on merrily. The poet, now isolated, yearns yo touch his friend once more, to hear the sound of his voice. But alas! his tender grace of his friend will never return.

| Posted on 2011-01-11 | by a guest


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wriren by one of the most popular english poets, was the poet laureate of england. tennyson wrote break, break,break in 1834. It expresses his grief over the death of his best friend, Auther Hallam , a fellow poet. the shock of hallam\'s death impressed upon tennyson how priceless youth is. To emphasize this idea in the poem, and to express the agony he suffers at the loss of young Hallam, Tennyson presentsimages of youthful joy: the fisherman\'s sons playing with his sister and the \'sailor lad\' singing in the bay.

| Posted on 2011-01-03 | by a guest


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Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote “Break, break, break” is a poem of mourning for some friends that have died, probably out at sea. “Break, break, break” is repeated throughout the poem, and is used to describe the waves, which are in turn used to represent a force that “breaks” up Tennyson’s friends and him, in this case death. In stanza two, there are two images that tell of a boy’s childhood playing with his sister, and that of a grown man with an occupation as a sailor. By adding “O” in front of the sentences suggests that this will never happen again given the circumstances. While the waves may be a force, the ship may be symbolized as Tennyson’s friends, in which stanza three states the ships go on to a “haven under the hill”. The fact that there are no structured metrical schemes is likened to the way the “break” away to another form, just like the title implies, and just like his friends with him.

| Posted on 2010-12-14 | by a guest


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BREAK, BREAK, BREAK
This poem of Alfred Lord Tennyson reflects the dying religion and the theory of evolution being introduced to the society and it can be also interpreted as how a friend dear to him, and unknowingly expressing his sinful love because they are same sex. His feeling of imprisonment and how his relationship had to be always kept secret from the public. The emotion of this poem is depressing and somewhat bitter.

| Posted on 2009-10-14 | by a guest


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Summary
The narrator grieves the loss of his friend, Arthur Henry Hallam, a promising poet and essayist who had been engaged to Tennyson's sister, Emily. Hallam died of a stroke in 1833 when he was only 22. Nature, of course, does not stop to mourn the loss of anyone. Cold and indifferent, it carries on, the waves of the ocean breaking against rocks along the seashore without pausing even for a moment. The rest of the world carries on as well: the fisherman's boy happily playing with his sister, the sailor merrily singing, the ship busily plying the waters of commerce. Downcast, isolated by his grief, the narrator yearns to touch the hand of his friend once more, to hear the sound of his voice. But, no, Hallam is gone forever; his "tender grace" will never again return.

| Posted on 2009-09-03 | by a guest


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Summary
The narrator grieves the loss of his friend, Arthur Henry Hallam, a promising poet and essayist who had been engaged to Tennyson's sister, Emily. Hallam died of a stroke in 1833 when he was only 22. Nature, of course, does not stop to mourn the loss of anyone. Cold and indifferent, it carries on, the waves of the ocean breaking against rocks along the seashore without pausing even for a moment. The rest of the world carries on as well: the fisherman's boy happily playing with his sister, the sailor merrily singing, the ship busily plying the waters of commerce. Downcast, isolated by his grief, the narrator yearns to touch the hand of his friend once more, to hear the sound of his voice. But, no, Hallam is gone forever; his "tender grace" will never again return.

| Posted on 2008-10-09 | by a guest




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