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In memoriam

            A poem of an infant crying in the night is not important, is not significant. It is only an infant, crying in the night with no language but a cry. But no, it is much more than that, much more than just a child in a poem. The gripping poem “In Memoriam” was written by Lord Tennyson Alfred and is linked to the famous novel Lord of the Flies. Both the poem and the novel entail the trust in society, the purpose for all living things, the realization of truth, and the story of Ralph’s understanding of reality.
             For an individual to learn, he must have trust in someone or something. “Oh yet we trust that somehow good will be the final goal of ill.” Oh that the earth has a reason, a point of life, that an individual trusts in the society that he was brought up in. There must be the trust in society that nothing is ever for nothing, that all shall end with the knowledge that there was a purpose to the time on earth. “To pangs of nature, sins of will, defects of doubt, and taints of blood,” No matter the matter, all has a purpose, a cause for which it is on this planet. There will be no defects or sins for the will of man is that of his own and if there is a purpose, there can be no defects because life is about making mistakes and learning from them, from the experienced in a lifetime. “I can but trust that good shall fall at last,” that everything will always conclude with a purpose.
             There must be an ending to each life with a reason. “That nothing walks with aimless feet,” that there is a purpose for all living things. No one’s life is an insignificant one for there is a reason for which each individual is existent. “That not one life shall be destroy’d” that not one, even a single life will be taken in vain. For, if each life has a purpose, then being wasted is not an option, as it would take away the purpose of that life.

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