"Break, Break, Break"(poem with explaination)

"Break, Break, Break" is written by  by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

About Author (Tennyson)

Alfred tennyson(Poet)



   Alfred Tennyson was born on 6 August 1809 in Somerby.Tennyson was much interested in poetry from his childhood.His poems were published when he was only seventeen years old. He had two brothers.
They were also poets. His schooling started in 1816 and he joined Tritiny college Cambridge in1827. In 1829 he was awarded by Cambridge college for his piece " Timbuctoo".He published his first collection of poems " Claribal'' and "Mariana" in 1829.His father died in 1831.
Then he took the responsibility of his family.In 1833 he published his second book of poetry.Two poems from this volume became more popular,first was " In the valley of couteretz" and second is "In Memoriam A.H.H. In 1842 while living in London he published two volumes of poetry. Popular poems were "Locksley Hall" "Tithonus" and "Ulysses".
 Later he wrote many popular poems. He was married to Emily sellwood .She was his friend from his childhood. He had two sons." In Memoriam A.H.H." was his masterpiece. Prince Albert and Queen Victoria were great admirer of him.He met Queen Victoria two times.
He had a variety of style in his poetry.He had strongest poetic power. There is much effect of John keats and other poets on his writing.Sadness in his poetry can be seen in his poem "Break, Break, Break". He wrote most of his poems in sad mood. He died in 5 october 1892 in the age of 83.But his work remains alive. 

  "Break, Break, Break"(poem)

 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 vanished 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. 

 "Break, Break, Break"(explaination of poem)

"Break, Break, Break" is an expression of the loss and grief the poet feels on the death of a loved friend. The poet stands on the beach. His heart is full of sadness, too deep to be expressed in words. Before his eyes he can see life continuing as always. The fisherman’s boy and his sister are playing in the sand, shouting In joy. 
The sailor boy is singing in  his boat .He has no care in the world. The tall ships are sailing on the sea as they have always done. The world is going about it's business as usual. It is he alone who has suffered a great loss. The soft hand and the pleasant voice he loved are gone.
 With them have gone the days of joy. Only the memories remain,Memories which are painful and pleasant at the same time. "Break, Break, Break" is a poem of personal grief. But the grief is set against things which are more or less permanent. Man is mortal but life Is eternal. The sense of personal grief may find some consolation in this fact. 
This poem has a note of gentle sadness. The poet is sad because he has lost some one who was dear to him. The poem expresses the personal grief of the poet. But the personal grief may find consolation in the flow of life that continues for ever. The poet says that he watches the huge ships entering the harbour. 
The busy world with all its charms goes on, but the happy moments of one's life never stay. The poet remembers his friend who is dead. He longs to have his company and hear his sweet voice. 
 This poem expresses the personal grief of the poet. He is sad because he has lost someone who was very dear to him. He longs to have his company. The poet says that he watches the sea waves striking at the rocks of  shore of ocean. The flow of life continues for ever. But the happy moments of one's life do not stay for long. The poet remembers with the happy days spent in the company of his friend. The blue and the dim and the dark cloths of night and light and the half-light and beautiful days which will not come again.

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