In Memoriam

in memoriam
alfred lord tennyson

Tennyson's poetic expression of grief upon the death of his friend, Arthur Hallam.

'In Memoriam' is written in stanzas of four octosyllabic lines, rhymed ABBA, and divided into 132 sections. The poem was published anonymously in 1850.

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Alfred, first Baron Tennyson (1809-1892) was born in Lincolnshire and went up to Trinity College, Cambridge. While at university he met Arthur Hallam, and the two became close friends. In 1832 both men travelled to the Continent. While in Vienna the following year Hallam died suddenly; Tennyson began In Memoriam A. H. H. the same year as an expression of grief for his friend. The poet continued working on the poem until 1850 when it was published anonymously.

Although published as a single poem it is more a series of poems inspired by the author’s response to Hallam’s death.

This annotated edition of In Memoriam is based on the 1895 publication of the poem edited by William J. Rolfe. It also includes Rolfe’s numerous source and commentators. Unlike other ebook editions (which are simply copies of print editions) this publication has been completely reformatted to make the poem easier to read: footnotes are placed at the bottom of each page to enable the reader to easily refer to them without having to link to a different section of the book. This is unique to this edition. Notes are indicated by a bracketed letter: eg [a]; long quotations from secondary reference material appear in italics. The footnotes include material useful to the general reader, and contain hyperlinked references to related sections (indicated by roman numerals) and stanzas (numbers). An additional feature of this edition is a section in the Appendix containing excerpts from ‘In Memoriam’ which have been selected for use by speakers at funeral or memorial services.