'In Memoriam A H H'

A poignant tribute to Arthur Henry Hallam, this poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1882) was written between 1833 and 1850, and published anonymously in 1850. Tennyson’s devastation at the sudden death of a close and supportive friend had depressed him profoundly; but after the agony of loss there was a gradual, tentative movement towards acceptance. He diverted those feelings into a series of moving lyrics, published in 1850. Contemporaries who experienced bereavement found the words particularly consoling. Queen Victoria was one of those who took comfort. Tennyson’s elegy has continued to touch subsequent generations of readers. As he said: ‘It is rather the cry of the whole human race than mine.’

The papers of Arthur Henry Hallam, including manuscript versions of Tennyson's In Memoriam A.H.H.

The papers of Arthur Henry Hallam, including manuscript versions of Tennyson's 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' [folio: 57r]

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