Introduces Tennyson's famous elegy to first-time readers, students and teachers of the poem. In Memoriam is one of the most famous and influential poems of the 19th century. Composed over nearly three decades and spanning over 100 sections, it is one of the longest elegies in the English language. It is at once a deeply personal description of grief and a wide-ranging discussion of its age. This guide provides: * The full text of the poem; * Information about its cultural, historical and literary contexts; * Four different reading strategies for approaching the text; * Suggested seminar activities, assessments and module outlines for teachers and lecturers
Anna Barton studied English at the Universities of Warwick and Glasgow and has taught at Keele University and the University of Sheffield, where she is currently a lecturer in nineteenth-century literature. Her first monograph, Tennyson's Name: Identity and Responsibility in the Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson was published by Ashgate in 2008.
Contents; Acknowledgements; Editions; Abbreviations; Introduction; Chapter 1: Mapping and Making; Part I: Monuments and Fragments; Part II: The In Memoriam Stanza; Part III: Remembering the Elegy; Chapter 2: The Poem; Part I: Outline; Part II: Poem; Chapter 3: The Guide; Theme I: Lost for Words; Theme II: Losing Touch; Theme III: Profit and Loss; Theme IV: Cycle and Ritual; Chapter 4: Contexts and Reception; Part I: Compositional Contexts; Part II: Scientific Contexts; Part III: Reviews and Anthologies; Part IV: Modernist Reactions; Chapter 5: Teaching the Text; Part I: Reading the Text; Part II: Initial Responses; Part III: Teaching In Memoriam as a Victorian Text; Part IV: Thinking about Form; Part V: Module Outline; Annotated Bibliography; Works Cited