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Alfred Lord Tennyson - Crossing the Bar


            Alfred Lord Tennyson was born August 6, 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England.2 He was the fourth of twelve children and was a bright and talented boy; his works with poetry were astonishing and were very noticeable even at an early age. Unknowingly, later in life, he would become the most popular British poet of the Victorian era. .
             In 1828, Tennyson enrolled at Trinity College, Cambridge. Despite his intelligence and good looks, he was excessively shy and was quite unhappy but felt better about it when in 1829; Tennyson won the Newdigate Prize for poetry. Soon after many drawbacks his poems in 1842 made him recognized as one of the leading literary figures of the period and were acclaimed throughout England. .
             In June 1850, after an engagement of thirteen years, Tennyson and Emily were married. Near the end of his life Tennyson became one of the most highly regarded poets of his time. He died at Aldworth House, his home in Surrey, on October 6, 1892, at 83. He was buried in the Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey, with a copy of Shakespeare's play "Cymbeline ", ¬†which he had been reading on the night of his death.
             The poem uses an Iambic Pentameter and brings begins with the last stanza going back to the beginning to emphasize a new life. But the poem begins with the setting of the sun and the rise of the evening star, when he hears that he is being called. He is hoping that the ocean will not be mournful when he sets out to sea. Rather, he hopes for a tide that is so loud that it cannot contain the sound of foam and seems asleep when he returns back out to the depths. Them the end of the day is announced with the evening bell and darkness will be coming soon. He hopes that no one will cry when he leaves, because although he may be carried beyond the limits of time and space as we know them, he has hope that he will look upon the pilot "when he has crossed the sand bar.3.
             The poem uses well placed metaphors to describe his death as a peaceful journey into the ocean.


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